“The LORD is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he knows those who take refuge in him.
But with an overflowing flood
he will make a complete end of the adversaries,
and will pursue his enemies into darkness.”
So much is packed into these verses. The goodness and strength and faithfulness of God toward those who take refuge in Him. His overwhelming, unmatched power and the unquestionable victory He achieves over His enemies. “He will make a complete end” of them. Not only causing them to flee, but pursuing them into darkness to conquer them absolutely with His light.
How amazing it is that this is the God who saves us. This is the God who reaches into the mire of our sin to draw us out into His righteousness. This is the God who is not only our rescue, but He becomes our Father. Our Father who is good to us. Our Father who is a stronghold in our day of trouble. Our Father who knows us and is our refuge.
Verse 7 speaks of His faithfulness to us. Verse 8 solidifies why we can trust Him as our stronghold, why we need not fear anything when our God is for us. No one can match Him. No one will win a victory over our Lord. He has already won. Even the battles not yet fought—He has it all planned out, each day written in perfect detail, and it’s as good as finished.
So we have confidence. We have hope that is steadfast and sure, anchored in the promises and almighty power of our God.
“And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,
waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.
For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.”
“See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him
who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven…
Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”
Hebrews 12:25, 28-29
“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True,
and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems,
and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood,
and the name by which he is called is the Word of God…From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike
down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of
the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.”
“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this down,
for these words are trustworthy and true.’ And he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega,
the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.
The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.’”
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish,
and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”