Summary: God is our refuge; an ever present help in times of trouble.

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Sunday, January 23, 2005 - PM

Psalms 46:1-7, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah."

The world longs for peace and safety. Peace treaties are signed almost every day between people and nations in an effort to maintain peace.

In June of 1919 the Treaty of Versailles was signed by the nations bringing an end to World War I. WW1 was to be the war that ended all wars. Obviously those who said this didn’t know the prophecies of the Word of God. It was not the War to end all Wars.

Twenty years later, the world was once again plunged into a terrible war. World War II cost the lives of millions of people before the Treaty of Peace was signed with both Germany and Japan. Once again mankind hoped for a lasting peace, but that was not to be.

Just a few years later Communist aggression forced the Korean Conflict upon mankind and on an on it goes. The world’s search for a lasting peace is an elusive dream that will never come to pass until the Prince of Peace appears in the clouds of glory.

In my own life, I have known a lot of trouble. Who in this place has not? Trouble seems to stalk us like a shadow and we find it on every turn of the corner.

There is no doubt that we are a people in need of a place of safety and help in times of trouble.

The world, lost in sin and shame, has no real place of refuge. Men run to their military might, but there is no real safety there. They run to their bank accounts only to find that their money has disappeared in a moment’s time. They run to friends, to false gods and false religions, but no peace can be found there.

The god of this world, Satan himself, loves to keep mankind in a position of slavery to their fears, and he loves to try to get Christians into that same mindset. He is here to steal, kill and destroy. If he can’t steal your soul, then he will try to kill your victory. If he can’t steal your steal your soul or kill your victory, then he will try to destroy your life any way he can. But the devil is a liar and the father of all liars, and God will not allow him to destroy you, kill you or steal your soul.

But I’m here tonight to tell you that, if you love the Lord and you are doing your best to serve Him with a pure heart, that you have a source of peace and safety in the times of the storm.

King David knew what it was to be assaulted by the power of the devil and those that Satan would stir up against him and yet look at what he had to say in Psalms 31:1-4, “In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me. Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength."

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