Psalm 46 1GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble. 2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas, 3Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 4There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. 5God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her right early [at the dawn of the morning]. 6The nations raged, the kingdoms tottered and were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. 7The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our Fortress and High Tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! 8Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has wrought desolations and wonders in the earth. 9He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow into pieces and snaps the spear in two; He burns the chariots in the fire. 10Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth! 11The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our High Tower and Stronghold). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
We will get back to our study on following Jesus tomorrow, but this passage spoke to me today. Especially in light of the situation in Haiti right now, I think it’s important to remember that in the midst of the madness, God is still in control. Verse 2 says We will not fear, regardless of what is going on around us. We have a dear lady in our congregation who is from Haiti and still has family living there. She gave us a report on Sunday and something that she said stuck with me. Her sister told her, “Don’t feel sorry for us, we are fine. We are going to be alright. Just pray for us. Don’t feel bad, just pray.” I heard another report today of a group that was on the street, singing worship songs to the Lord. These people, in the face of the greatest tragedy of their lives have a clear understanding of this scripture, and a complete trust that God will take care of them. I am reminded of a song that David and Nicole Binion sing that says There is a river whose streams make glad the city of our God.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of our God. So I will rejoice, I will rejoice, and be glad. My depressed days are over, I will, I made up my mind, I will, I’m gonna be glad
So I will rejoice, I will rejoice and be glad!
I wonder if I was in the midst of destruction, confusion, desperation, and despair if I would still be rejoicing? I would like to think so, and I certainly hope so. If we keep the scripture close to our hearts, when things happen that are out of our control, we can look to the Word to bring us peace and to remind us, that there is no situation that is too big for our God to handle.