Our Very Present Help in Trouble
God is our refuge and strength, a very present [b] help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling! “O God our help in ages past; our hope for years to come, Would you remind and encourage your people today to take refuge and find strength in you alone, for you alone are our refuge, our strength, and our very present help in trouble.” 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. “Lord, it is hard to be glad when trouble is all around us. Come, by your Spirit, and cause our hearts to rejoice in hope as people of the city of God, even as the earth seems to give way and the mountains of our fragile world systems tremble. And we will look for your help when morning dawns.” 6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah 8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.
Our God, we rejoice in your sovereignty over all things, but we tremble at
the power and majesty of your holiness and judgments. Help us in this day
to serve you with fear, and to rejoice in trembling before you. Help us, Lord,
in this day of trouble to love and serve one another as you have loved and
served us, by laying down your life for us.
10 Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
“Lord, help us in this day of trouble to be still before you. Give us your
wisdom so that we will know what it is you are teaching us in these days.
And above everything else, Lord, would you cause your glory to be known
throughout earth, so that the blind would see, the deaf would hear and the
dead raised to new life. So that East Lake and Chattanooga and all the
world would know that you are God and would exalt and magnify your name
in all the earth!”
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