God, our Stronghold, and our comforter (Paraclete)

I have been reading through the book of Psalms recently, and I have been continually hit with how God is constantly turned to as the psalmists shield, strength, and shelter in the time of need. Whenever I have been through hard times one Scripture that God has put on my heart is Nahum 1:7 “The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him.” Nahum prophecies in his book were against the city of Nineveh, capital of the Assyrian Empire, he was writing to the country of Judah. They were constantly under threat of annihilation by Assyria, but God was faithful. Psalm 9:9 affirms this, the psalmist writes “The LORD also will  be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble;”. In Psalm 3 David writes, while fleeing from Absalom his son, who usurped his throne; “3But You, O LORD are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.” Lastly, in Psalm 18 David writes; “”I love you, O LORD, my strength.” 2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” David wrote a lot of his psalms in situations of the utmost need; in our times of need, God is our rock, He is our strength, our shield, our deliver. He may not physically carry us through troubles, for God has his reasons for allowing them, but during them He is our shelter, He protects us through the storms that come; He is our strength, he keeps us going; and He is our shield, defending us from that which would overpower us. He delivers us, maybe not always from trials but, through trials, keeping us secure and safe in the shadows of His wings. The NT teaches us that God is not only these things, but the Holy Spirit who dwells inside us (those who are saved) is our comforter(depending on translation, helper, encourager, counsellor) (in gk. Parakletos helper/encourager/counsellor/mediator). In John 14:16 Jesus promises a helper, the Holy Spirit, that will be with us forever. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 we read about God: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” In Acts 9:31 we read that the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria grew and increased, going on in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit. An amazing verse on Gods comfort, in this case brought by one of his servants, is in 2 Corinthians 7:6 “But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus;” (emphasis added). God is our comforter, our stronghold, our shield, our strength. No matter what we go through, and we will face trials – scripture is very clear on this, God will be with us, and He will get us through; growing us through them. I have been having hard times as of late, but God is there and He has been teaching me to trust in Him and rest in his comfort and take shelter in Him. For those that believe in Him, those that love Him,He gives us an outstanding and powerful promise;

28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written,

“For Your sake we are being put to death all day long;
We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:28-39

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