To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. 6 The heathen 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. 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. 9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Moses wrote this beautiful Psalm after he and the Israelites had crossed through the Red Sea. Knowing this, re-read the Psalm with that in mind. What a blessing! This same God that was with Moses and his people crossing the Red Sea is with me as I cross my tumultuous seas of life!
I also learned that God’s people would sing this beautiful Psalm on the anniversary of the crossing of the Red Sea. What a wonderful way to remember what God has done! As well, it’s a beautiful reminder of how He is still ever present, willing and ready to help us when we are feeling defeated! Jewish history says this Psalm was sung at the resurrection of Christ from the dead because Christ arose on that anniversary! I get goosebumps reading this!
Our Saviour’s death allows us an opportunity to cross over from death to life! Every time I go through an unsurmountable trial, I can read this Psalm and be encouraged that the Lord will help me through just as He did the Israelites!
Praise the Lord for the Book of Psalms! What encouraging words we are able to read day after day! It’s a wonderful reminder for us to think back on God’s faithfulness!