…Psalm 46: God Helps Us in Times of Trouble

Defeating the Enemy

God promises to be with us in all situations–in the good times and bad.  His word says in Psalm 46:1:

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” God also says, Do not fear, for I am with you. … I will strengthen you and help you”  Isaiah 41:10.

 What does God promise his people? Relief from troubles in this world, relief from troubles in this life. Faithful people throughout the centuries are witlessness to dramatic deliverance from sickness, from financial constraints, from all manner of troubles.  God was also with David at every point.  We can’t do it alone. God helps us in ways that we probably are not even aware. God IS our strength and our song!

protection-300x300And the Lord preserved David wherever he went

Israel’s constant enemy to the west was Philistia. For many years these people had dominated Israel and had garrisoned troops within the borders of Israel.  They were a constant threat to the security of the kingdom. David moved his army and went out to defeat all the surrounding heathen nations.  He slew twenty-two thousand men in the battles. He also put garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s servants.  The remainder of the Syrians were forced into the position of bringing tribute regularly to David.  Much wealth in gold and bronze and silver was brought back as spoil to Jerusalem.

 

PSALM 46
God the Refuge of His People and Conqueror of the Nations
1     God is our refuge and strength A very present help in trouble.
2     Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed,
     And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3    Though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains
        shake with its swelling.      Selah
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4     There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
     The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
5     God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved–
     God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
6   The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved, He uttered His voice,
     the earth melted.
7     The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.      Selah
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8     Come, behold the works of the Lord, who has made desolations in the earth.
9    He makes wars cease to the end of the earth, He breaks the bow
      and cuts the spear in two. He burns the chariot in the fire.
10     Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations,
     I will be exalted in the earth!
11     The Lord of hosts is with us–
         The God of Jacob is our refuge.      Selah

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.Passage   2 Samuel 8
After this it came to pass that David attacked the Philistines and subdued them. And David took Metheg Ammah from the hand of the Philistines.  Then he defeated Moab. Forcing them down to the ground, he measured them off with a line. With two lines he measured off those to be put to death, and with one full line those to be kept alive. So the Moabites became David’s servants, and brought tribute.  David also defeated Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his territory at the River Euphrates.  David took from him one thousand chariots, seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. Also David hamstrung all the chariot horses, except that he spared enough of them for one hundred chariots.When the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David killed twenty-two thousand of the Syrians.  Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became David’s servants, and brought tribute. So the Lord preserved David wherever he went.  And David took the shields of gold that had belonged to the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.   Also from Betah and from Berothai,  cities of Hadadezer, King David took a large amount of bronze.  When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had defeated all the army of Hadadezer,  then Toi sent Joram his son to King David, to greet him and bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him (for Hadadezer had been at war with Toi); and Joram brought with him articles of silver, articles of gold, and articles of bronze.  King David also dedicated these to the Lord, along with the silver and gold that he had dedicated from all the nations which he had subdued—  from Syria, from Moab, from the people of Ammon, from the Philistines, from Amalek, and from the spoil of Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
 And David made himself a name when he returned from killing eighteen thousand Syrians in the Valley of Salt.  He also put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became David’s servants. And the Lord preserved David wherever he went…  So David reigned over all Israel, and David administered judgment and justice to all his people.

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