“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1 A tattered piece of paper. I carried this with me for days. While standing at the checkout stand at the store, I felt it in my pocket. When reaching for my keys as I held my granddaughters hand when picking her up from kindergarten, it was there, a reminder. The Psalmist wrote, “The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” (119:130) and by golly, I be one. Simple. A very simple gesture, to carry a very powerful word.
Each time I pulled this paper out and unfolded it, I was reminded again of the faithfulness of God, even when I don’t sense Him, He is there. ‘Ever-present’ in the Hebrew, is rendered: “…one-being-found exceedingly.” The word ‘present’ here is the progressive past tense ‘to find.’ According to ‘context always determines meaning,’ the word picture is amazing. God IS. God is my refuge, He is my strength, He is the ONE being found exceedingly, Presence in my present. I will find Him today, I will find Him tomorrow as my refuge, as my strength.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Find.
Tattered but true. May we unfold and find.
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)