In what was a legacy of "the Red Scare" of the fifties and sixties, I remember, as a child, seeing brightly-colored signs on certain public buildings with the text, "Fallout Shelter," emblazoned on them. In the event of a nuclear blast, this was a place of refuge.

"God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride."(Psalm 46.1-3)

This is a collective song of confident declaration. God is "our" refuge and strength. Therefore "we" will not fear. Come earthquake, tsunami, or volcano, we stand fearless within the fallout shelter of our refuge and strength.

The "our" and "we" of this song is important, because we often need a personal reminder from the people of God as to this truth. On our own, fear sometimes prevails. We're subject to memory lapses as to the safety and strength of our divine refuge. We need to join in song with our brothers and sisters to remind and reinforce this comforting truth.

In a turbulent world, may we ever be strengthened and reassured as to our Mighty Fortress.

©Steve Taylor, 2018 --Used by permission

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