God is a help at all times

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 2:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 2:51 p.m.

Greetings, one and all, in the name of Jesus.

Have you done a careful reading of the Psalms in the Old Testament? Just for your edification, there are a total of 150 Psalms recorded in the Bible, and these were actually songs that were put to music, but we today are more familiar with the words.

There are some that are very well known to the Christian believers, such as the 23rd Psalm, which begins with the powerful statement: "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."

One of my personal favorites, and it might be yours as well, is the 46th Psalm, which begins with: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble."

Let us examine some of the key elements of this Psalm in order to understand more how and why God is such a powerful and holy help to us. This Psalm is telling us that, especially in this sometimes evil and wicked world we live in, God is still with us in the midst of our troubles.

God is present when we need him the most. He is present and fills all places, leaving no place unfilled. Unlike God, Satan has to travel to get somewhere, and most times, he hitches a ride with some weak, confused and messed up person who is lacking in faith and trust and in joy and hope.

God is present with us at the funeral home when we come under the shadow of grief and he is present at the hospital while we are dealing with a physical illness and he is present with us when we reach the lowest points in our lives.

The final points I wish to leave with you consist of three distinct terms that define our God. First, God is omnipresent, meaning he is everywhere and wherever we need him to be. Second, God is omniscient, meaning that whenever he is present, he always knows exactly what to do. Finally, God is omnipotent, meaning that wherever and whenever he is, God always has the awesome power to do what he needs to do to take care of the troubles we face.

Keep this in mind as you travel along your spiritual journey: The righteous ones do not have to ask, "Lord, where are you?" Instead, the righteous ones will declare, "Lord, I know you are here!"

So, remember these final closing thoughts:

* God's presence is a PROMISED PRESENCE (as a God who cannot lie).

* God's presence is a POWERFUL PRESENCE (holy power, not manmade).

* God's presence is a PRESENCE WITH A PURPOSE (to guide us and increase our faith).

* God's presence is a PATERNAL PRESENCE (as our heavenly Father).

* God's presence is a PREPARATORY PRESENCE (to help us prepare for our new home in heaven).

And because God is a great God, I can, and I pray that you can, too, lift up the mighty words of this great hymn: "Holy, holy, holy, Lord GOD almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee. Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty, God in three persons, blessed trinity.

May God bless and keep you is my prayer.

The Rev. Milford Lewis Griner is senior pastor of Pleasant Plain United Methodist Church in Jonesville.

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