The Joy, Stability, and Security of God’s Presence

The Joy, Stability, and Security of God’s Presence

This week, we are meditating on Psalm 46 together. You can read the first part of this series here.

In verses 1-3 of this Psalm, we saw that fear comes into our lives when we realize that the very things we thought we could count on have the potential of being removed at any moment. That is where many people in our world are living right now. However, in the face of distress and uncertainty, the reality of God’s character must become more impressive than the reality of the present crisis.

But how does that work? How can I know He will be for me a refuge, strength, and help?

Read v. 4-7 and see if you can pick up on the emphasis.

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.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
He utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Did you catch the focus? Notice the key ideas:

  • the city of God – the place where God lives
  • holy habitation of the Most High – the dwelling place of the presence of God
  • God is in the midst 
  • The Lord is with us

Do you see the reality of God’s presence? In beautiful Hebrew imagery, the Psalmist reveals to us that the presence of God is that unlimited supply of joy, stability, and security, and like a river it flows and flows and never dries up! This is why God can be for you a refuge, strength, and help – because He is right where you are! Today, you do not need to pray and ask for the Lord to be with you. If you are His child, He already is! Take joy in that reality.

1. His presence brings joy (v. 4)
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.

When the pressures of life seem to remove any sense of joy, it is then that we must realize that true joy is only found in God (Psalm 16:11). And, if you are His child, He is with you. So, anchor your joy, not in the hopes of circumstances being different, but in the reality of God always being with you.

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2. His presence gives stability (v. 5)
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.

The Psalmist uses a phrase that would take an Israelite’s thoughts back to Exodus 14:27. Remember when Moses led the people out of Egypt, but Pharoah chased after them? The sea had opened up for the people to cross, but it stayed open long enough for the Egyptian army to follow in after them. So, now what is going to happen? “Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal course when the morning appeared.”

When the fears and uncertainties of life begin to press in on us, we begin to feel vulnerable and unsettled. But, when we recognize that the God who is our refuge and strength is present with us, promising to help us, there can be great stability!

3. His presence provides security (v. 6-7)
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; He utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Though the opposition might seem great, God has the power to deal with raging nations. He pulls the rug out from under world powers. All the earth wilts at His command. Each of these pictures reveals to us that God, the one who is the commander and chief – even over all the angelic armies – He is in complete control and is not distant from your fears. He is right there with you.

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Today, allow the promise of God’s presence to become your source of joy, stability, and security. Right now, take a few moments to meditate on the reality of God’s presence.

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