Today you should read: Psalm 46
Psalm 46 is a psalm of refuge. In Spurgeon’s commentary, The Treasury of David, he calls this psalm “The song of Holy Confidence.” The very first verse really gives us the theme of the whole psalm: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.” This is a promise that we can bank on. This is especially appropriate when thinking about last week’s message about the persecuted church. American Christians, for the most part, don’t really understand this idea of needing a refuge, of needing a place to hide away. Hopefully, this reminds us to continue to pray for and support our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted all over the world.
The remainder of the psalm is a declaration that, because of the truth in verse one, we will not fear or fail, no matter what the circumstances are or what troubles await us around the corner. Twice, this psalm calls God “our fortress.” A fortress is not some dinky little building where you can run and hide in fear, but rather a grand building that is strong, that gives courage to those who are in it and puts fear into those who are not. We are not supposed to walk alone outside of God’s protection but we are also not supposed to hide in our church buildings and cower at the world (2 Timothy 1:7). We are to stand out in the world as a beacon of strength, stability, and hope. God has told us that He “will be exalted among the nations”, and “exalted in the earth” so what do we have to fear? “The Lord almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” so let him be your holy confidence today as you go and proclaim His Son, Jesus.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd