GOD OF COMFORT AND COURAGE


When I was in high school chorus, we sang a beautiful “hymn” that was based on Psalm 46. I still remember much of it, although I do not remember the authors of it. (A search yielded this man as the composer: Chenoweth, Wilbur R. (1899 – 1980) [USA]) It included these words: “God of Comfort, God of Courage, present help in time of need.”

The massive storm, Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast of the U.S. yesterday, reminded me of that hymn…and the hymn reminded me of the Psalm. I wonder if GOD is trying to teach us the lesson of verse 10 of this psalm….

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

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