God is our refuge and strength

Posted on 19 Apr 2020, Pastor: Rev Hans Vaatstra

Text: Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength
1. The difficulties we face
2. The help God gives us
3. The trust we must have
Songs: 31:1,2,10; 167; 32:1-3; 399; 393

Reformed Church of Whanganui

Sermon Outline/Notes page

Sunday Morning 19th April 2020

God is our refuge and strength

Text: Psalm 46

Psalm 46 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

God the Refuge of His People.

For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah, [a]set to Alamoth. A Song.

46 God is our refuge and strength,
[b]A very present help in [c]trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the [d]sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. [e]Selah.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her [f]when morning dawns.
The [g]nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He [h]raised His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
[i]Who has wrought desolations in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.
10 [j]Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the [k]nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.

 

Introduction: Whom must we trust in the face of extreme adversity such as the pandemic the world is facing now? Many would say we must trust the government to make the right decisions. We know what it says in Romans 13 that governments are established by God and we are called to obey them in all things lawful. However the same passage tells us who established governments. It points to the Lord our God. Psalm 46 calls us to put our trust in Him. The Scripture says that whoever does will not be disappointed (Romans 10:11).

  1. The difficulties we face.

A few words about the title of the Psalms; the Sons of Korah and their songs of praise

The historical setting of the Psalm; possibly when Assyria mounted an attack on Judah and Jerusalem during King Hezekiah and Isaiah’s day.

God will help her when morning dawns.” ( vs 5b) At sunrise 185,000 Assyrian soldiers had perished.

When the mountains fall into the sea (vs. 2&3) : when all your security and comforts are suddenly taken away.

  1. The help God gives

The place of refuge in the Old Testament & the horns of the altar in the tabernacle.

Hebrews 6:18&19 : taking refuge in the promises of God

The importance of repentance and faith

The strength God gives cf. David vs Goliath

Misdirected strength comes to nothing in the end. We have strength and help from the Lord if we trust Him.

The Cross of Christ, weak in man’s estimation but the power of God to those being saved by grace through faith. 1 Cor. 1:17)

He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two (vs. 9) cf Micah 4:3ff and the prophecy about Christ; “He will be our peace”

“There is a river” … (vs 4&5) God is in our midst. Only God can satisfy our thirst for righteousness.

  1. The trust we must have

When we trust in the Lord we need not be afraid of what is happening around us

Cease Striving….We can rest in the knowledge that God is sovereign and will be exalted.