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God's presence is the great comfort of the Christian. Even in catastrophic times, especially then, we realize, with the Psamist, that God is our help. Even if the earth gives way and the mountains move into the sea, even in such a time of terror and disorder as that, the city of God is safe and secure (v. 4).
To take confidence in God during such a time runs counter to all our intuition. We aren't that brave. What is our actual response when the world all around us engulfs us with chaos? When we hear the tornado or the gunfire, when the earthquake hits, when the tsunami is coming, or, worse yet, when our invisible enemy, plague and pestilence, is in the land?
Even though all nature should come crashing down, God is able to keep his people in perfect safety. For those who trust in Jesus, even if we should die, we know we will live. There's no fear.
Are you fearful? Battered by shock and awe? Know that the Lord is your refuge as well. He can keep you by his glad streams forever.
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