Monday, October 29, 2007

Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

8 Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire.
10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
11 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Such a great Psalm! I share this often with the people I visit. It is so reassuring to have that promise that God is our refuge and strength. Sometimes we can feel so weak and helpless. And we are! But God is with us always and is our fortress. I often think how hard it is for us to be still. We want to be doing, we want to rely on our own strength or works. And when we are reminded once again our works and strength are nothing, it is hard, but very good for us. For then we rely totally on God's strength.

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