Verses Rembered in the Dark: Psalm 46:1

Whenever I find myself in a time of crisis, I am grateful for the Bible verses that come to me, while at the same time I always wish I had more memorized verses tucked away in my brain. Sometimes verses come to mind that I don’t recall ever memorizing, and quite often the message provides exactly what I need. Can anyone else relate?

My crisis after the Haiti earthquake was no exception. Many verses came to mind at key times during this ordeal, bringing me perspective, peace, at times instruction, and always a sense of God’s presence.

Psalm 46:1 came into my mind right after the hotel collapsed when I realized that I was still alive, but in a world of trouble: “God is my refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble.”

Though, in a way, this seemed to state the obvious, it was comforting nonetheless, and I cried out to God, asking him to be my refuge and my strength through this terrifying time of trouble.

I’m horrible at remembering the verse address (what are those called again?), so when I was writing this down to put in my book (Unshaken, coming January 2011), I had to do a verse search to find it (gotta love YouVersion!). That’s when I learned it was Psalm 46:1, a verse I don’t remember memorizing, but one that I’m sure we’ve all heard lots of times. And then I kept reading through the next few verses, and I couldn’t believe what I read next. Check this out!

Psalms 46:1-3
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A song.

1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

Is anyone else getting goosebumps right now? I had no idea while I was trapped that this verse specifically referenced release from fear during an earthquake (a metaphor, certainly, but still)!

The verse was read in our church service tonight, and I decided I had to post about it, and now I’m back to the same goosebumps I felt when I first discovered it. Isn’t the Spirit of God awesome?!

When has God spoken to you through specific verses with an uncanny connection to your situation? Do you have a favorite “verse remembered in the dark”?