Psalm 46

During Lent, I decided not to give something up, but add something to my devotional/prayer life. I’m memorizing a Psalm a week.

This first week, I started with Psalm 46:

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. 

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. 

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots 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 of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

I typed that all from memory, I promise! But then I did have to go back and fix the formatting, because I didn’t memorize that part.

There are wars, natural disasters, horrific crimes, and so many terrible things going on in the world, and it’s so easy to feel like we’ve been abandoned. “Where is God? Why didn’t he prevent x, y, and z from happening?”

When you read this Psalm, you realize that God’s gone nowhere, and he isn’t going anywhere. He is going to take care of his people and his earth: “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” He’s ruling now, especially when it doesn’t feel like it. In the end, he will rule. He will be triumphant, and “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11).

Better yet, right before he tells us of his impending exaltation, he tells us to “Be still, and know that I am God.” We cannot forget that this world is filled with sinful humans who are completely powerless. We can do nothing, and we worship a God who can do everything. All he asks is that we take the time to realize who our God is.

Our God is a God who makes the earth melt with just his voice. He speaks, and the earth does what he commands. No one else can do that. Only God. We just need to trust that he is in control, always and forever. And that’s the biggest comfort we can ever get or give.


Image taken from Mpora.Highest Mountain in the World.”

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