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December 7

Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. 2 Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas, 3 though its water roars and foams and the mountains quake with its turmoil. Selah 4 There is a river—its streams delight the city of God, the holy dwelling place of the Most High. 5 God is within her; she will not be toppled. God will help her when the morning dawns. 6 Nations rage, kingdoms topple; the earth melts when he lifts his voice. 7 The Lord of Armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah 8 Come, see the works of the Lord, who brings devastation on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease throughout the earth. He shatters bows and cuts spears to pieces; he sets wagons ablaze. 10 “Stop your fighting, and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.” 11 The Lord of Armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah — Psalm 46

God is Our Refuge Always

by Matthew Mezzatesta

Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, is not too far from where I grew up. Fort McHenry played an important role during the War of 1812 because soldiers there repelled the British invasion of Baltimore. Over 200 years later, Fort McHenry still stands strong in Baltimore Harbor and is an important piece of our country’s history. Francis Scott Key, who witnessed the battle across Baltimore Harbor, references the soldiers’ bravery in our national anthem. Our nation endured because soldiers could take refuge in Fort McHenry.

Psalm 46 promises that we can take refuge, not in human-built forts, but in God Himself. We are flooded with so much tragedy and strife these days that we can forget where to seek refuge in times of trouble. No matter what we are going through in life, God is there to protect us and see us through. Though the world is always changing, the Lord remains the same forever. We can count on His everlasting love for us.

We see later in the psalm that God restores the world. He puts a stop to all war and conflict. He will not allow the world to overcome us. We are to attest to His good works and His love. Whatever you are going through, the Lord is a place of refuge, and your season won’t last forever.

I like how this psalm closes. Gods tell us how we can take refuge in Him. He tells us to be still and realize He is God. God deserves our praise. Sometimes we need to take a few minutes or even a day off to acknowledge God’s presence and provisions. We do this by prayer, by reading the Bible and through corporate worship. If we acknowledge the Lord, He will continue to guide and protect us.

Praxis

  1. What are some ways we can take refuge in God?
  2. Are there some areas in our lives in which we need to find refuge in God?

Matthew Mezzatesta

Matthew grew up in a small town in Maryland and has lived in Tennessee for eight years. He graduated Volunteer State Community College with an Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Middle Tennessee State University. He will enter Nashville School of Law this fall. Matthew works part-time on the After Hours team at the Brentwood campus. He also sits as a part-time Judicial Magistrate for the Williamson County General Sessions Court. Matthew loves to read the Bible and anything related to American law and history. His life verse is Philippians 4:6-7. This reminds him that the Lord is in control of all things, and it has helped him overcome his challenges with cerebral palsy throughout his life.