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

The words “A very present help” in the English translation gives the exact meaning that God is our refuge and strength during the times of trouble.

Some sisters appreciate that their husbands are of great help in procuring vegetables, taking the children to school etc. Some speak high of their mothers-in-law when they say that their mother-in-law differs from all others and she treats the daughter-in-law as her own daughter etc. Some people appreciate their landlords saying that he is such a nice person and he is always helpful in every way to the tenants.

But the help of God is a thousand times greater than these ones. When you say that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble,” you will immediately receive unforgettable help from God. A devotee makes a mention about this as “A help within the twinkling of an eye.”

God has promised in the Scripture saying “I will help you.” We read in the Scripture “That before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24) and “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honour him” (Psalm 91:15).

God was a present help also in the life of Daniel. Even when Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den, God stood as help to him and He immediately tied the mouth of the lion so that no damage was caused to Daniel. If the help had arrived even a few minutes later, it would not have been of any use. Even before Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den, God sent his angel and tied the mouth of the lion. God stood as help to Daniel like a king of the Jews and a living God. “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard and I have come because of your words” (Daniel 10:12).

Even when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego were thrown into the furnace, it was God who stood as a refuge and strength to them. When John the Apostle was imprisoned in the island of Patmos, it was God who stood as a refuge and strength to him. Dear children of God, for you also God will stand as a refuge and strength.

To meditate: “You are my hope in the day of doom. Let them be ashamed who persecute me, but do not let me be put to shame; let them be dismayed, but do not let me be dismayed” (Jeremiah 17:17, 18).