>Our Fortress

>Psalm 46: 1-5, 10-11
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations.
I will be exalted in the earth!
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

From Spurgeon …
All other refuges are lies, all other strength is weakness.
He never withdraws himself from his afflicted.
He is their help, he is present or near them, close at the side and ready for their succor, and this is emphasized by the word very.
He is more present than friend or relative can be, closer even than the trouble itself!
His assistance comes at the needed time.
With God on our side, how irrational would fear be!
Since God remains faithful there can be no danger to his cause or people.
Faith is not afraid of noise, nor even of real force; she knows the the Lord stills the raging of the sea, and holds the waves in the hollow of his hand.
Faith rests on a firm basis.
Divine grace, like a smoothly flowing, fertilizing, full, and never-failing river, yields refreshment and consolation to believers.
His help is therefore sure and near!
Let us take heed that we do not grieve him.
We are slow to meet him, but he is never tardy in helping us.
Man’s haste is often folly, but God’s apparent delays are ever wise.
Adore him, and him only, you who partake in the protections of his grace.

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