A mighty fortress is our God. He is our refuge and strength. In fact, trouble that puts us on the run creates the need for a fortress. The need for protection causes us to seek a refuge. Weakness motivates us to find a source of strength. Without problems, we will not sense a need for those things.
We say our trust is in God. We believe that God is sovereign and in control. We sing the songs of our confidence in Him. But, how we respond when disaster strikes is the real proof of our faith.
The psalmist claimed that even if the entire physical world crumbled and went into upheaval, his faith would stand firm. Politically, morally, spiritually, economically our world is crumbling day by day. War and violence are escalating on every continent. Peace talks for the most part only allows factions to rearm themselves. Increasingly, around the world, from Littleton, Colorado to Nairobi, Kenya people are being killed only because they are Christians.
Where is the peace? Where is the fortress?
Dr. Crawford Loritts presented the following simple outline of this Psalm to grasp its message:
1. We need help
2. We need hope
3. We need Him
Our help and our hope is not in negotiated world peace. Our help and our hope is not in the improvement of our circumstances in life. Regardless of what our culture and even the devil himself may throw at us, our eternal confidence is in Him.
"Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"