God is our Refuge and Strength (Psa. 46:1,2)

Tight places or corners are allowed by God to test or prove our faith

Psalm 46 is one of my favorite Psalms because of its depth in truth and rich applications of those truths today. Psalm 46:1, 2 reads (Nasb2020) as follows: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." A little Hebrew gives more depth. The word for trouble can translate as narrow, cramped, tight, or corners. These tight places or corners are allowed by God to test our dependence upon Him. They may be our doing or God's. The Nasb of Psa. 46:1b "a very present help in trouble" could be translated "abundantly available for help in tight places." I have memorized this verse as" God is my refuge and strength, abundantly available for help in tight places." My new book is titled "In Tight Places." We tend to try to handle so many of our tight places in our own strength and not God's. The result of our fleshy effort is that we miss God's best and we make our tight place worst. Isa. 50:10, 11 refers to this effort as lighting our own fire. Reflect on the tight places that you are in now, and remember that He is abundantly available for help no matter how bad you think your situation is. Even Eph. 3:20 picks up the same ideal "Him who is able to do exceedingly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. Rejoice in Him and in your tight place!

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