God Is Our Refuge and Strength, a Very Present Help in Trouble

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Psa 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
  • Psalm 62:6-8 – “He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.”
  • Psalm 91:1-2 – “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”
  • Psalm 18:2 – “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”
  • Isaiah 25:4 – “For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.”
  • Nahum 1:7 – “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.”
  • Psalm 9:9-10 – “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”
These verses affirm that God provides protection and support to those who seek Him, especially when facing difficulties.

Personalizing The Above As Christian Affirmations

I am safe because God is my refuge.

Psalm 46:1

  • I am safe because God is my refuge.
  • I am strong because God is my strength.
  • I will not fear because God is my help in trouble.

Psalm 62:6-8

  • I am immovable because the LORD is my rock and salvation.
  • I find glory and strength in God, my refuge.
  • I will trust in Him at all times and pour out my heart to Him.
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Psalm 91:1-2

  • I am sheltered in the secret place of the Most High.
  • I am protected under the shadow of the Almighty.
  • I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge, my fortress, my God; in Him I will trust.”

Psalm 18:2

  • The LORD is my rock, fortress, and deliverer.
  • My strength and trust are in God.
  • He is my shield, the horn of my salvation, and my stronghold.

Isaiah 25:4

  • God is my strength when I am poor and needy.
  • He is my refuge from the storm and my shadow from the heat.
  • In distress, God is my steadfast protector.

Nahum 1:7

  • The LORD is good and my stronghold in trouble.
  • He knows me because I trust in Him.

Psalm 9:9-10

  • The LORD is my refuge when I am oppressed and in trouble.
  • I put my trust in the LORD who has never forsaken me.

He Only Is My Rock and My Salvation: He Is My Defence; I Shall Not Be Moved

Psalm 62:6-8 - "He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah."

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Psalm 62:6-8 - "He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah."

“He only is my rock and my salvation”: This tells us that the Psalmist sees God as the only true source of safety and rescue.

“he is my defence; I shall not be moved”: The Psalmist feels protected and so steady that nothing can shake him.

“In God is my salvation and my glory”: The Psalmist finds both his rescue and his honor in God.

“the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God”: God is described as a strong rock and a shelter.

Trust in him at all times; ye people”: Here, everyone is advised to rely on God no matter what.

“pour out your heart before him”: We’re encouraged to share our deepest thoughts and feelings with God.

“God is a refuge for us. Selah.”: God is our safe place. The word “Selah” is like a pause, to think about what’s been said.


I Will Say of the LORD, He Is My Refuge and My Fortress: My God; in Him Will I Trust

Psalm 91:1-2 - "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."
Psalm 91:1-2 - "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High”: This line describes a person who lives close to God, seeking a deep, personal relationship with Him.

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“shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty”: To abide in this context means to stay or remain. The shadow here symbolizes God’s protection and presence.

“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress”: The speaker declares trust in God, calling Him a refuge, a safe place, and a fortress, which is a strong, fortified place.

“my God; in him will I trust”: The use of “my” indicates a personal relationship and trust in God. The speaker is confident in relying on God for security and safety.


The LORD Is My Rock, and My Fortress

Psalm 18:2 - "The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."
Psalm 18:2 - "The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."

“The LORD is my rock”: This phrase describes God as a stable and unmovable foundation, similar to a solid rock that provides security.

“and my fortress”: A fortress is a strong, fortified place. Calling God a fortress means He is seen as a protector against danger or difficulty.

“and my deliverer”: A deliverer is someone who rescues or saves. This indicates that the speaker sees God as a savior who can rescue them from harm.

“my God, my strength”: Here, “my strength” suggests that God is the source of the speaker’s power and support.

“in whom I will trust”: Trusting in someone means relying on them. The speaker declares their decision to rely on God confidently.

“my buckler”: A buckler is a small shield. By calling God a buckler, the speaker implies God is their personal shield in battles or struggles.

“and the horn of my salvation”: The horn is often a symbol of strength. The phrase means God is the strong reason the speaker is saved.

“and my high tower”: High towers were used for defense, offering a place of safety and a good viewpoint. The speaker believes God is like a high tower that offers protection and a broad perspective.


For Thou Hast Been a Strength to the Poor, a Strength to the Needy in His Distress, a Refuge from the Storm, a Shadow from the Heat

Isaiah 25:4 - "For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall."
Isaiah 25:4 - "For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall."

“For thou hast been a strength to the poor”: This shows that God is like a solid, unwavering support for those with nothing.

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“a strength to the needy in his distress”: It’s like saying God is a strong helping hand for someone who’s really struggling.

“a refuge from the storm”: Imagine a safe, cozy spot away from a wild, howling storm. That’s what God is compared to here.

“a shadow from the heat”: On a scorching hot day, a shadow gives cool relief. That’s the kind of comfort God provides.

“when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall”: Even when mean people come at someone like a storm battering a wall, God is there to protect them.


The LORD Is Good, a Strong Hold in the Day of Trouble; and He Knows Them That Trust in Him

Nahum 1:7 - "The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him."

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Nahum 1:7 - "The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him."

“The LORD is good”: This phrase shows that God is kind and moral.

“a strong hold in the day of trouble”: A stronghold is a safe place. This part means that God is a safe place when things are tough.

“and he knoweth them that trust in him”: To know someone here means to recognize and care for them. This tells us that God looks after those who rely on Him.


The LORD Also Will Be a Refuge for the Oppressed, a Refuge in Times of Trouble

Psalm 9:9-10 - "The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee."
Psalm 9:9-10 - "The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee."

“Refuge for the oppressed” means that God is a safe place for those who are treated badly or unfairly. When life gets tough, people can turn to God for safety and protection.

“Refuge in times of trouble” tells us that whenever we face hard times, God is there to protect us, like a shelter in a storm.

“They that know thy name” refers to those who are familiar with God’s character and goodness.

“Will put their trust in thee” means these people will rely on God because they know He is trustworthy.

“Hast not forsaken them that seek thee” reassures us that God never abandons anyone who looks for His help. If you reach out to God, He is there for you, always.

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