God Is Always Our Refuge, Despite What Our Illness May Bring

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

Some years ago, when I still was part of a choir, we were working on a difficult arrangement of Psalm 46, for a concert we were doing. I liked a challenge in my music, but this was a challenge to most of us and there were times when we thought we would never get it right. I remember our choir director, encouraging us that we could do it, even when there were many who didn’t quite believe her.

We worked so hard to get the notes right, that sometimes we could lose sight of the powerful words. But after all that practice, they have stayed with me in ways they may not have had the music been easier.

I was reading the Psalm again this week and as I thought about all the things that seem to be weighing me down at present, I was reminded again that God is my refuge in times of trouble. Times when things seem to get me down, come and go, but God is there to be ever present with me in times of trouble. And He’s there the rest of the time as well.

The Psalm goes on to bring us those wonderful words “Be still and know that I am God.” Then “The Lord Almighty is with us.”

We need to slow down sometimes to be still – even for those of us that don’t “do” a lot – it may still be necessary to slow down and focus on being still before God.

I want to make sure that no matter what else occupies my thoughts and mind, that I’m never in doubt that God is always my refuge and that He is the strength of my life.

Prayer: Father, please help me to be still and to focus on you as my God, my strength and my refuge. Amen.

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life as she lives with chronic pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, travel and photography. You can contact her in the Sunroom.

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