Our Great Assurance

In Psalm 46, the great assurance of God is rehearsed, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. But do we truly appreciate what it means for God to be our refuge? How many times do we go to other sources for comfort, strength, or protection? The essence of a refuge is to be in the condition of being safe from harm or danger. A refuge as a person or place is that which shelters, whether it be walls, gates, and locks, or a person able to provide protection.

We often try to find refuge in things or people who are simply unable to provide the shelter or security we need. At other times those in our lives who we trust to provide refuge for us are not available or present in our time of need. Psalm 46 rings profoundly in the depth of our souls. For God is our refuge and strength, a very present in help in trouble. Whether the danger is from without or within, God is there. Regardless of the source of trouble, be it physical, spiritual or emotional, God is able to shelter us. He is never lacking in resource or wisdom. He is never absent.

The climax of this psalm is found in verse 10. God encourages us to calm our spirit before Him. To be still and to know that He is God. Instead of being anxious about anything, He encourages us to bring our troubles before Him, realizing that God is our refuge. He is our protector and provider. Accepting that God is God and that He alone is exalted in all the earth.