September 2: “God Is Our Fortress”

3 Minute Read + Scripture readings


Ecclesiastes 1:1-3:22
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Psalm 46:1-11
Proverbs 22:15


Psalm 46:1 (CSB): “God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.”


If the Pauline epistles of the New Testament are directed at the mind of the God-follower, then the book of Psalms is directed at the heart of the God-follower.

The Pauline epistles deal with what is objectively true. The Psalms deal with what is subjectively felt.

This is one of the blessings of reading the book of Psalms. It’s rugged. It’s real. It asks the same questions and wrestles with the same struggles that we often have in our own life.

Further, it is comforting to know that while the psalmists periodically questioned God and sometimes expressed their exasperation at what He was or was not doing, we are also told that one of the writers was “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22).

So, when we read passages like our Verse for Today, we realize that it’s not simply theory. It’s not untested truth. It is something that the writer had experienced. He knew it to be true and the words were coming from his heart.

Psalm 46:1 (CSB): “God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.”

He had been in times of trouble and God had been a “refuge and strength” for him.

What about you, friend? Have you experienced God’s love and provision when life got tough? He is the same God that He was when the Psalmist pinned this verse (Hebrew 13:8).

Maybe you need to spend more time in prayer “casting your cares upon him for he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Maybe you need to ask the Lord to increase your faith and open your eyes so that you can see what He is doing even as He allows the trials to continue.

But even if you cannot make sense of it, God has not changed. He is your refuge and strength! And He loves you so much that He would rather die (on the cross) than spend eternity without you. So rest in Him today.

Psalm 46:1 (CSB): “God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.”

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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