Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Faithful Confidence

"God is our shelter and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken
and mountains fall into the ocean depths;
even if the seas roar and rage,
and the hills are shaken by the violence."
Psalm 46:1-3 GNT

This is one of the more famous psalms that David wrote. People have grasped onto it many a time as they are going through trying times. Martin Luther used to love to sing this psalm in song, and it gave birth to that stirring battle hymn: "A Mighty Fortress is Our God."

But how is it relevant in our world today? Is the calm confidence and triumphant trust that seems to have been breathe into every line relevant in the type of world that we experience everyday? Think about it.

Our world, your life and mine, is just as chaotic as was David's. Oh, there are differences of course, but the feeling is the same. And through all of David's crisis, through all of his trials, he clung to one thing--the power of his Holy Father to be there for him.

Now does that mean that his God would keep him from making mistakes--some of which was the main cause of his crisis or trials--no. But through it all, David remand faithful. David knew that even in his fumblings and shortcomings and just the plain fact that since he was a "God-lover", it made him a target--he was faithfully confident.

We need to have the same faithful confidence. How is it in your world? Your life? You know that you have the faithful commitment from your Heavenly Father to be there for you. Will He keep you from doing the wrong thing and causing your earth to shake or your mountains to crumble? Not always. But he will always be there to help you through it.

Sometimes we have to go through the earth shaking, mountain crumbling times in order to become the children God created us to be. Since He knew you from the moment that you were knitted in your mother's womb--He knew. Do you understand this?

These three verses of Psalm 46 reminds us of the power of our God. Reminds us of His promise to never leave us or forsake us. That itself is a comfort--at least to me.

Do we know what it is to make this psalm that is so perfectly simple in its meaning, and joyous in expression--our very own? Do we have the right conception of a God that is so strong that He can banish all our fears?

As thrones, governments and systems change with startling rapidity, you can stand solidally on this--that no matter what is happening in your outer world or the personal world within you--you can--and need to--be still and know that your God reigns--FOREVER. Amen.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
Psalm 46:10 NLT

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