God Is Our Refuge And Strength (Psalm 46:1-11)

Terrel Kesterson, October 29, 2017
Part of the series, preached at a Midweek Meeting service

The church of Martin Luther’s day taught that we’re saved by faith in Jesus and our good works.
Luther tried as hard as he could to be good, even to the point of becoming a monk and going way
above and beyond the good deeds that were required of the monks. But no matter how hard he
tried, Luther could never be sure that he had done enough good things to make up for all of his
sins and deserve to go to heaven. He was scared to death that God was going to punish him
forever in hell. As he kept studying God’s Word he came upon Romans 1:17: “The
righteousness of God is revealed in it” (the Gospel), “as it is written, the righteous shall live by
faith.” God led Luther to see that we’re not saved by anything we do, but by faith alone in Jesus
and what He did to save us.

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Psalm 46:1-11

1For the Chief Musician. [A Psalm] of the sons of Korah; set to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2Therefore will we not fear, though the earth do change, And though the mountains be shaken into the heart of the seas; 3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, Though the mountains tremble with the swelling thereof. Selah 4There is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. 5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God will help her, and that right early. 6The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved: He uttered his voice, the earth melted. 7Jehovah of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah 8Come, behold the works of Jehovah, What desolations he hath made in the earth. 9He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariots in the fire. 10Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. 11Jehovah of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah (ASV)

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