1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[g]
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields[h] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress
As a hospital chaplain, I was taught that one of my primary roles was to be a “non-anxious presence” In the middle of crisis the world needs people who do not succumb to hysteria. This Psalms speaks about the people of God being free from anxiety in a troubled world. From natural disasters to nations in meltdown, we are not to succumb to the troubled spirit of the age.
In a nation that is divided and in an economy that is crumbling, these words seem as contemporary as the morning newspaper. It’s good to remember why we should not be anxious.
We are reminded that we don’t belong to this place. There is a place where the city of God is nourished by the river of God making all of its citizens glad. This is where we hold our citizenship. The economy never crumbles there and the city will not fall.
God is our protection. Thankfully we are not relying on the republicans or democrats for our fix. Our help is in the strong name of the Lord.
Not only is God our protection, God is with us. God is with us through all of the disruptions in nature and in all of the upheavals of nations.
As the people of God, let’s be salt and light to our world by not joining the despair of our times. We belong to another place. We have a sure defense greater than homeland security and most importantly, God is with us.