THEME: The Lord Our Fortress
PASSAGE: Psalm 46:1-11
HYMN: MHB 352 – OPPRESSED with sin and woe
MEMORY VERSE: Psalm 46:11“The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge.”
The first seven verses of this psalm suggest a catastrophe or war out of which God’s people, Israel, were delivered. They were like a mountain that cannot be moved! The writer then invites people to come and see the works of God.
The fortress is a building or a place that has been strengthened and protected against attack. In short, the Lord, being our fortress, means He is our strength and protector and defence against all attacks or evils from the enemy.
We have traditional histories of people and places whereby non-living things such as rocks and hills used to be a fortress or places of refuge for some people in times of war. Beloved, God is the Creator of all those hills, rocks, and caves. So God is the greatest refuge and fortress at all times.
The following are some of the reasons why we should make God our fortress:
-God will always be present to help us in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1). We shall not be afraid of anything (Psalm 46:2, 91:5).
-We shall not be moved because God shall always answer us at the nick of time (Psalm 46:5).
-God is the mighty warrior in battle (Psalm 46:6, 8-9).
-God’s name only is to be exalted in all the earth (Psalm 46:10).
History has it that King David was victorious in all the battles he fought, including the one raised within his household because he made the Almighty Jehovah Nissi his fortress. What a marvellous and powerful God we serve! Why not make Him your refuge, fortress and strength, too? He is ever ready to help at all times and not only in times of trouble.
PRAYER: The Rock that never fails, let me hide in You, for You alone are my fortress. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.

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