They seemed to circle the mission station, so the natives were afraid to attack. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point B. We should respond in faith, not in fear. On this Independence Day weekend when we celebrate the birth of our country and give thanks for the liberties and opportunities we enjoy, I think this Psalm has much to offer us. We hate to feel as though someone else is in charge of our fate, because it makes us feel vulnerable. Though the earth be moved - God is not moved. Are you confident that He will help you in the future? Thus we have no business doubting Him even though the earth is convulsed in tragedy or its human masses threatened by ethnic hatred, disease, drugs, crime, or abuse. He is forever our sure Refuge and Strength. When someone committed manslaughter he could flee to a city of refuge to escape the avenger. King Nebuchadnezzar boasted about his great accomplishments only to be humbled before God. But God has the final say. The first hymn we sang today was Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”  The hymn is based on Psalm 46 and it became the hymn of the Reformation. When daylight came they were amazed to see the attackers unaccountably leave. In light of this we should be still and recognize the greatness of our God. The writer of Psalm 46 talks about God who is our shelter and strength when we are helpless and vulnerable. King Sennacherib conquered many nations before he threatened Jerusalem. "Wherefore God hath also highly exhalted Him.". Fear comes from Satan not from God. Refuge - hiding place - harbor - shelter. “I’ll learn ya!” Brer Rabbit yelled. HE stopped and stared at this strange creature. Or do we try and make it on our own? So we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. It is a Psalm of trust and confidence, often read at funerals and during times of upheaval in the world. Will you determine to seek God's help each day? -------------------- In fact, He knows that we can't. -------------------- Secondly, if God is resident, the City of God is immovable. Though the mountains be shaken - God is never shaken. 1. vs. 6. 1. The Ottoman Empire was dismantled and carved up into countries like Turkey and Iran and Iraq and Syria and so forth with arbitrary lines that lumped lots of enemies together. Looks like nations getting out of hand. 2 Timothy 1:7: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Can you recall how God has helped you in the past? John G. Paton and his wife served as missionaries for many years in the New Hebrides Islands. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point Today, we live in perilous times. Surely not! I will, said Taylor, provided you set your sails to catch the breeze. Let the text speak to those who are distracted by sorrow, fear, or anxiety. Mountains are shaking, the sea is roiling, nations are in an uproar and kingdoms are tottering. “Relax, stop fretting, and remember that I am still your God. Brer Fox leapt out of the bushes and strolled over to Brer Rabbit. Thank you for registering. Look at how all those attempts to be in control have played out. Psalm 46:2-3: Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Jesus tells us quite plainly that there will be a lot to be afraid of between now and the end of time. Error: Passwords should have at least 6 characters, Error: Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. Is the Lord able to watch over His people? The nations raged against Jerusalem and then the Lord spoke to defend them. What is left behind in every instance is desolation: scarred children, torched relationships, stalemated governments majoring in blame and excuses, seething nations. This week the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who had been hitchhiking in the West Bank were found near Hebron. He is our God and our refuge. We may not see God, but He is still there watching over His people just like He did in Esther's time. Have you not heard? Judgment - Great Tribulation "What desolations he hath made in the earth. This title the Lord of Hosts, refers to God as being commander in chief of the heavenly army. Currently world leaders are making threats against each other. The missionary answered, there were no men there, just my wife and I. 1. The New Testament Pauline Epistles Recognizing the value of consistent reflection upon the Word of God in order to refocus one's mind and heart upon Christ and His Gospel of peace, we provide several reading plans designed to cover the entire Bible in a year. Establishing His Kingdom in peace. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. What did he do? God provides refuge and strength to His people. If God is our refuge, strength and help shouldn't we trust Him to take care of us? When life becomes uncertain what do you do? In verse 1 he says God is our strength. God continues to reign as all wise and as almighty as ever. The Psalmist says that the Lord of Hosts is on our side. Pentateuch Pauline Epistles -------------------- In fact He commands us to behold the power of God to execute judgment. His kingdom is forever.”, This is the faith of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when Nebuchadnezzar told them he was going to have them thrown in the fiery furnace if they did not bow down to worship his golden statue. Major Prophets Let it speak to the man who is engrossed in work, trade, business, or profession. God is not served. The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. Therefore, we must respond in faith when turmoil comes into our lives. We will soon be back to Iran and Iraq being mortal enemies and being tempted to choose sides by figuring which is the lesser evil. John Paton and his wife prayed continually during that terror filled night that God would deliver them. Be that way,” said Brer Rabbit, swinging at the Tar Baby with his free paw. One of my favorite stories is about Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby. Daniel 4:34-35: And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: for His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation. conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy One of America’s great cultural achievements has been sitting in the Walt Disney vaults collecting dust since 1986 – the movie “The Song of the South.”  They will not sell or re-release it because of the perception that it portrays an idealized version of slavery. Well, said the captain, you’d better stop praying, for we have more wind than we can manage. We have the sour taste in our mouths from American men and women giving their lives, limbs, sanity, and tremendous amounts of money in the service of people who did not want it and do not honor it. David always found refuge in the Lord when his enemies sought his life. The Lord is Sovereign over all the earth. Cut it out! Will not fear natural catechisms. Minor Prophets Pressed out of measure and pressed to all length. Who gives life to all including terrorists? To recognize that the Lord is God. "God is in the midst of her.". He was speaking on the subject of artistic composition. Romans 8:38-39: For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Then we should stand in awe of our Savior and King. Brer Fox curled up into a ball to hide his laughter. Who is there? Schlosser). The New Testament The word refuge means a shelter, hope, trust. 1.