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A Punch In The Gut

Life does not always go as planned. Sure there are days when the skies are sunny and cloudless and the seas are smooth as glass. But there are also days when the clouds are dark and gloomy and it feels like you just got pummeled in the boxing ring. A family member dies unexpectedly. You suddenly and unexpectedly find yourself with cancer. It could be that at the end of the month you have more bills to pay than you have money in your checkbook. How do you do catch your breath after getting punched in the gut? Fear has taken over and you are doubled over, gasping for air.

Psalm 46 is a beautiful picture of the security we have in God. In verses 1-3 we see a call to trust God in the midst of life collapsing in upon us; in verses 4-6 we can find comfort in the fact that God sustains us in the midst of life collapsing; and in verses 8-10 we see God offering rest and reassurance. In verses 7 and 11 we are reminded that God is with us and He is our fortress. Now let’s look at Psalm 46.

(vv. 1-3) “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 the waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

(vv. 4-6) “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is with 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.”

(vv. 8-10) Come and see the works of the LORD, 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 shield with fire. Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

And verses 7 and 11 are the bookends… “The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

If you hear nothing else today, please hear this. When you are doubled over, out of breath, know that God is right with you, offering you a place to come to catch your breath.

We will end with this, from Psalm 27:5 – For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina

7/17/2017

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