A Very Present Help

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.
—Psalm 46:1-2

No psalm—not even the 23rd Psalm—offers imagery as evocative  as Psalm 46. The opening verses immediately bring to mind a strong reason to hope when everything around me is falling apart. I can't help but remember this quote by Martin Luther when I read Psalm 46:1-2—

"Even if I knew that the world would go to pieces tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree."

The world gives me so many reasons to doubt, O Lord. But you are the one constant that gives me hope. It's a good thing you're all the hope I need. Amen.