He made the tomb desolate. 46 1-3 God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him. Sometimes trouble comes to people like that — without any warning, with no way of resisting it, with total finality, and suddenly they find that every thing has dropped right out of the bottom of their life. He plants flowers and trees all over the earth, The Message, Large Print, Brown Trio Leather-Look, The Message Large-Print Deluxe Gift Bible--soft leather-look, teal, The Message Deluxe Gift Bible--soft leather-look, amethyst gem, The Message // REMIX 2.0, Soft Imitation Leather, Color Spectrum, The Message Personal-Size Bible--soft leather-look, black wave, The Message Bible, Compact Soft leather-look, tan. I talked to a lady like that just this past week. There’s no question about it, the picture of the river, according to the interpretation of the New Testament, is a picture of the activity of the Spirit of God. He that believeth in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.” Then the word of explanation comes from John, “This spake He of the Spirit.” We must respond by doing three things: First, by reflecting on what this means. The Risen Lord is adequate. 10  "Step out of the traffic! I give up! It doesn’t mean that you are immune from trouble. The first thing that you must realize is that God is continually available. Psalms 46:10 says, “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” That’s going to help with your trouble. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. Satan can throw all the forces of Hell at you, but God is your strength. Psalms 46 will be a blessing to you. 8  Attention, all! Therefore, He is a God of power and purpose. God’s a Refuge, God’s a Resident, God’s a River” and go out and sink under your trouble! You spent the rest of your days there, but at east you had a “City of Refuge” (Numbers 35). It may be that as I preach on the subject When Trouble Comes you will say to yourself, “I don’t have any trouble, everything is fine by me.” Don’t be so sure that what I say won’t be worth remembering one day. If you’re not committed to that, then much of what I have said would not be of much help to you in time of trouble. Godless nations rant and rave, kings and kingdoms threaten. But if you are committed, these are the principles, and the obvious thing to do is this: Make the Lord, Lord. If you closely relate to Him, there is no way that you can be finally and ultimately defeated. It was an exhilarating experience to be out on the side of the beach when one of the great Atlantic storms would come rolling in. So, as I look at this Scripture, I see a remarkable thing in Psalms 46:10, which surely, is a great favorite with a lot of people: “Be still, and know that I am God!” See it in its context. She got on her knees and prayed for him. That’s how the River of God makes glad the City of God. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL NAME (WITH O COME LET US ADORE HIM), HERE I AM TO WORSHIP (WITH AWAY IN A MANGER), Alliance for Transatlantic Theological Training, Worship and Media Pastor (#232330) - USA Midwest (IA), CCPA – Do not sell my personal information. © 2019 Preaching.com. This was the place. I begin to discover courage flowing in my veins through the operation of God by His Spirit in my life. I say, “What a joy the Lord is actually resident in me — this old body of mine, this old mind of mine, this old house of mine is cracking at the foundation. After she had gone, the person who introduced us said, “Do you know about her?” I said, “No.” She said, “She’s one of the most remarkable ladies in this whole congregation.” A short time ago, her husband, who was in excellent health, suddenly died without any warning. For instance, God is a refuge. As far as the New Testament saint is concerned, he doesn’t even have to reach that far, for he believes that the God who loves him, sent Christ to die for him, raised Him up and put Him into his life is alive within him. The word refuge means a shelter, hope, trust. 5  God lives here, the streets are safe, God at your service from crack of dawn. Preaching.com is a leading resource that provides tools and ideas for pastors and church leaders to help them lead well. What do you do in time of trouble? We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom. It relates to anyone who is in a time of trouble, or to anyone who will face trouble, no matter how extreme, in the future. He is Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of mighty armies — that means He is the God of power. In Psalms 46:3, he says, “though the waters thereof roar and be troubled.” Here he’s talking about the trouble which comes with the sheer fury of a storm. Verse 4: “There is a river, the streams whereof, make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. She was terribly shaken by this. Jacob and I have a lot in common. God is in the midst bf her; she shall not be moved.” The term “The City of God,” as far as the psalmist was concerned, was a picture that he loved to use of Mount Zion — his favorite place. If we want an excuse, we have a beautiful excuse when the snow storm comes — we cancel everything! We can go even further than that, and we begin to discover that God is not only resident in the fellowship of His church, but in real Christians also, God is alive through the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus Himself said that we must come unto Him, all of us who are weary, and heavy laden, and He will give us rest. Have you read Job recently? In the Cities of Refuge, there was a touch of mercy, though. The lovely thing about it was this: God stuck with him, and God worked with him and over the years, He dealt with Jacob. For some people, it can harden them like clay. He is the God of Jacob — that means to me He is the God of patience. 11  Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God of angel armies protects us. It’s in the context of trouble. I miss that smell! He had a large family and large everything. Living In A World Of Chaos Series. We swam in it all summer — well, we jumped in it, and jumped out again before our limbs froze — that’s what we call swimming in England. It would do no good to say “God is continually able,” if God were not adequate. You realize that as far as the Old Testament people were concerned, this was the site of the City of God. All Rights Reserved. So then, we should understand that the Church, which is composed of people born again of the Spirit of God, baptized in the Body of Christ, is the “City of God”, and God is resident in our midst. They said, “A certain girl has got an awful lot of trouble. Under pressure the floods are coming, the earthquake is coming, the storm is coming, but the glorious thing about it is this: God is resident within me!” When trouble comes it’s like the sun. 4  River fountains splash joy, cooling God's city, this sacred haunt of the Most High. There would be no good saying that “God is our Refuge” if He weren’t strong enough. Well, the activity of the Spirit of God, through the Word of God, makes glad the people of God, when they are going through trouble, because God will always be talking with your spirit and reminding you that you are a child of God. The philosophy of Job is vital to the understanding of trouble. The thrilling thing about it is this: I must constantly realize that He is in residence among His people, and through the Holy Spirit He is “alive” in me. You’ve seen the responsibility of responding to what you know, or reviewing, of reflecting, or rejoicing, but the whole business of relaxing comes after you’ve done all this. They worked on the principle of an “eye for an eye,” a “tooth for a tooth.” If anybody touches their eye, they had better look out! Submit to Him. This man didn’t cancel anything, he kept going. It’s a psalm that tells you what to do when trouble comes. He shattered it. 4-6 River fountains splash joy, cooling God’s city,    this sacred haunt of the Most High.God lives here, the streets are safe,    God at your service from crack of dawn.Godless nations rant and rave, kings and kingdoms threaten,    but Earth does anything he says.