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“Peace During the Storms”
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling…” – Psalm 46:1-3 (NKJV)
We live in volatile times. Over the past week or so the stock market throughout the world has taken a dramatic downturn. As I began writing this morning (August 25), that same financial system has experienced a dramatic upward bounce, just as most analysts were predicting. During this same week there has been great tension between two bordering nations, which were once united as a single nation. The war drums seemed to be sounding, but the tension ultimately subsided.
From now until Jesus comes, this is certain – stressful, unpredictable, unstable times are ahead of us, but… God is ALWAYS “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”.
“There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.” – Psalm 46:4-5
I have always loved this imagery. Though rivers certainly can have their raging moments, God’s Word contrasts the sea, with its crashing waves and sudden storms, to the relative steadiness and calm of a gently flowing river. This psalm is part of the inspiration for the song we sing – “I’ve Got Peace Like a River”.
“The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge% Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.” – Psalm 46:6-9
The nations will continue to rage until the God of heaven sets up that “kingdom which shall never be destroyed” which “shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44).
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah” – Psalm 46:10-11
This is my favorite part of the psalm: “Be still, and know that I am God”. If you are experiencing the pain of a fractured relationship with someone you love, the stress of a job that seems overwhelming, or simply the tremendous instability and unpredictability of life, remember – God is not shaken or worried or nervous. He still has the “whole world in His hands”. He has YOU in His mighty, loving hands. Be still, and know that He is God!
- Pastor Steve