Friday 14 July, 2017

Psalm 46

For the director of music. A song of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. 1 God is our place of safety. He gives us strength. He is always there to help us in times of trouble. 2 The earth may fall apart. The mountains may fall into the middle of the sea. But we will not be afraid. 3 The waters of the sea may roar and foam. The mountains may shake when the waters rise. But we will not be afraid. 4 God’s blessings are like a river. They fill the city of God with joy. That city is the holy place where the Most High God lives. 5 Because God is there, the city will not fall. God will help it at the beginning of the day. 6 Nations are in disorder. Kingdoms fall. God speaks, and the people of the earth melt in fear. 7 The Lord who rules over all is with us. The God of Jacob is like a fort to us. 8 Come and see what the Lord has done. See the places he has destroyed on the earth. 9 He makes wars stop from one end of the earth to the other. He breaks every bow. He snaps every spear. He burns every shield with fire. 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be honored among the nations. I will be honored in the earth.” 11 The Lord who rules over all is with us. The God of Jacob is like a fort to us.

We all journey through difficult times in our lives and some more than others but Psalm 46 confidently declares God is our safe place and our strength in these difficult moments.

No other place in scripture is this more clearly stated.

The psalm goes on to describe these times by what is best summed up as ‘the entire world crumbling’ and this is often how we feel in these troubled seasons.

But for those who are prepared to believe verse 1 the next verse declares you need not be afraid.

I am not suggesting this is easy or does not require practice but for those who exercise their faith this scripture can be a real anchor in stormy times.

What I love about verse 10 is God makes his thoughts known directly and is quoted as saying “Be still, and know that I am God”. The original meaning of ‘Be still’ is less about quiet contemplation and more about ‘ceasing from you labour’.

In the context of trouble, God is saying ‘I am the ruler of all, stop trying to fix the problem in your own strength and allow me through my strength to carry you in this season’.

So, if today you are struggling with significant problems in your life please know that my heart goes out to you but more importantly please know ‘He is always there to help us in times of trouble’. 

Lord God, thank you that we need not fear trouble. I ask that today you not only comfort us in difficult circumstances but you would cause us to be sensitive to those around us who are suffering.

Written by David Newton

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  1. Linda Quinn says:

    Thanks David – such a good reminder. The solid foundation of God’s care for us and His protection of us cannot be shaken! This means we can confidently put out trust in Him! V2-3 says: “So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away. We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes, moving mountains and casting them into the sea. For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing waves cannot erode our faith in You.” (The Passion Translation)
    Lord I choose to trust You, to lean on You, to walk by faith and not by sight – despite my circumstances. You will come through.

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