October 08, 2020
A Very Present Help
Psalm 46:1 (KJV) To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Many things need to be taken into account when studying and applying scripture. Failing to comprehend the proper context of any verse skews God’s original intended message. Though many verses can be applied both then and today, some scripture is only pertinent to ancient Israel and not meant for our application today.
Verbiage is also an essential consideration in the study of scripture. It also helps us to discern better when the application of truths and teaching takes place. Here in this verse above, it states that “God is our refuge…” this is much different than using was in the place of is. One verb presents God in the past tense, while the other speaks of Him in the present tense. God is alive and well in the present time, as well as in the past and for the future, and using the verb is here is crucial for us to understand that God is alive and forever will always be alive.
Knowing that God is always there to help and that we, His spiritual family, can rely on is a big comfort to hurting and spiritually harried souls.
Yes, this verse states that God is a very present help in trouble, whether it be in times past, today or tomorrow, God is a help in any turbulent time, whether it be from the past, today, or a troubling time yet to come.
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