He is our fortress…

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Before we had access to cool things like radar, nuclear bombs, and missiles, our forefathers had to use things like this to protect themselves:

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This is a fortress. You may have seen them in other countries, but the idea was that the bigger and stronger it was, the more invincible the people felt, and the safer and thus more confident in their leaders.

Psalm 46 is one of my all-time favorites, and one of the things I love most about God’s word is how I can read the same section millions of times, but get different things out of it each time.

Read Psalm 46:

1 God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields 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.

We learn here that the Lord is powerful and strong just like a fortress. Nothing can defeat Him. He helps His people in times of trial; He can win any battle. This is something that I don’t focus on often. I see God as a caring, gentle, merciful Father, which He is, but I fail to remember the other side of Him.
The other thing I learn is while God is this all powerful all-capable God, He also desires to be near to us. He wants to be glorified (and rightly so), and trusted. He wants us to acknowledge His presence.
Today, I would encourage you to stop and ask the Lord to be present. Ask Him to show us how He is present on our lives today, in this moment even. Then, I would encourage you to think through where you see God being a powerful, mighty God. Praise Him for that. Ask God where you maybe need to trust Him and be still, and repent if needed.

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