Troubled Waters

Psalm 46

[1] God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.

[2] Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,

though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;

[3] though its waters roar and foam,

though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

Selah

[4] There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy habitation of the Most High.

[5] God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;

God will help it when the morning dawns.

[6] The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;

he utters his voice, the earth melts.

[7] The LORD of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Selah

[8] Come, behold the works of the LORD;

see what desolations he has brought on the earth.

[9] He makes wars cease to the end 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 am exalted among the nations,

I am exalted in the earth.”

[11] The LORD of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Selah

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The Psalms are prayers of God’s people.  Sometimes these prayers are very comforting, and sometimes these prayers can be distressing.

Looking at this morning Psalm, I have both feelings today.  Initially I am comforted with the reminder that God is our ever-present refuge and strength [1].  Yet the reality soon sets in that for years the earth has been changing [2], the mountains shake, waters are unstable and dangerous[3], and people are working against one another [6] instead of for one another.  It sounds like this psalmist could be writing today.

And this causes me a bit of concern.  Have we not learned anything as a people of God?  Are we on the same spiraling path of those who have come before us?

But wait!  Be still and know that I am God! [10]

Don’t think…trust.

Be still and listen…really listen to the comforting words of the psalmist who acknowledges the presence of the Living God.  This God is present and at work in our lives.  The comfort comes in knowing this is God’s promise.  God is not the bridge hovering over the troubled waters.  God is right there with us in the roaring rapids leading us toward calmer waters.

running-streamGod, where are you, I can’t see you?  God, surely this can’t be happening to me!  God, I need some answers now!

Selah

Be still and know that I am God [10].

Listen…our response is to listen. Take a deep breath and listen.  And the good news is if you just can’t listen on your own, there is a friend nearby who can help you listen.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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One response to “Troubled Waters

  1. “Be still and listen…really listen to the comforting words of the psalmist who acknowledges the presence of the Living God. This God is present and at work in our lives. The comfort comes in knowing this is God’s promise. God is not the bridge hovering over the troubled waters. God is right there with us in the roaring rapids leading us toward calmer waters.”

    this is beautiful. It gives me great comfort to know that one is not alone in suffering. I’ve had some difficult times, but faith has got me through.

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