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God is Our Fortress
By: Rev. John K. Wortinger
March 10, 2011

Psalm 46: 1-3

 1 God is our refuge and strength,
   an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
   and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
   and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

For most of human history to live without a fortress nearby was to live in fear.  To live without a fortress was to confide in your own strength knowing your strength was inadequate before ever present dangers.

With a fortress nearby you could go out to farm the land with boldness and make something of life.  You had a refuge to which you could retreat.  There was a place where your family could be secure.

The Psalmist repeatedly says God is our fortress, our place of refuge and strength taking away the fears of life.  Martin Luther used the 46th Psalm as his inspiration for his famous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is our God” a bulwark never failing.  Martin knew that strength first hand when he stood before the Emperor and the Papal Legate refusing to yield saying, “I’m captive to the Word of God.” 

He had a fortress; God was his refuge Who gave him boldness.  He knew, if he confided in his own strength, he would be losing.  Christ would win the battle.  Christ is the word that will abide and when we place ourselves in Him, His truth will triumph through us.

Do you have a fortress?  We still live in the midst a flood of mortal ills.  There are still those who threaten us.  But there is also One who loves you, Who has the power to take away your fears no matter how much the earth trembles.  Make the Lord of Life your refuge and strength!

Thank you, Lord, for being our present help in trouble.  You walk with us so we need not fear; we can be bold for you, and courageous in proclaiming your truth.  Amen

Other scripture references
Ps 5:11; Ps 57:1-2; Ps 138:7; 1 Pet 1:5


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