She Will Not Fall
Psalm 46 begins with a powerful declaration about the nature of our God: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (v. 1). Many Bible scholars believe this psalm was written after a monumental military victory, perhaps the one described in 2 Kings 19:35. But regardless of when it was written, I derive great strength from the truths about God that the psalm celebrates – particularly the security I have because I am His child.
Verse 4 refers to Jerusalem, “the city of God.” When the psalm was written, God’s presence dwelled in the temple: “the holy place where the Most High dwells,” said the psalmist. When enemy armies threatened to conquer Jerusalem, the people depended on God to protect them:
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day. (v. 5 NIV)
But I claim this truth for myself, because God no longer dwells in a bricks-and-mortar building. He lives in me (Galatians 2:20).
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How about you? Do you begin each day with confidence that God is with you and in you? Do you rely on His help?
I encourage you to memorize Psalm 46:5. When stress, anxiety, anger, or bewilderment creep up your spine during the day, pause. Breathe deeply and recite the verse aloud. Allow its truth to settle your soul. God is within you. You will not fall.