Psalm 46 (NRSV)-
God’s Defense of His City and People
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
We all share the need to feel safe. When we do not feel safe, we stop growing. Instead, we put all of our energy into managing fear and protecting ourselves.
Ancient cities protected their citizens by building large surrounding walls, which created a fortress that kept chaos out. The walls’ constant presence in people’s lives created a safe atmosphere where communities could thrive.
Similar to a fortress bringing peace to a city, God is our fortress and brings peace to our souls in the midst of the chaos happening around us (Psalm 46:7,11).
In a constantly changing world filled with all manner of danger, David reminds us that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. As such, God brings us peace and strengthens us, giving us the freedom to fulfill our purpose in accordance with his will.
Today, let’s embrace the peace and freedom contained within God’s purpose and will by following Jesus into the fortress of an intimate relationship with God.
Father God, we embrace your peace and freedom. We resolve to live into your purpose by following your will. In doing so, please guide us to follow Jesus into the fortress of a relationship with you. In His name, we pray. Amen!