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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
"Down By The Riverside"
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble...Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46: 1, 10
This Psalm was the inspiration to Martin Luther's great hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God." I truly love to sing that old hymn. The Psalm was written in connection about the great deliverance of Jerusalem from the Assyrians (2 Kings 18-20). Please take the time to read the account of this deliverance. It will bring encouragement to your heart today.
When our world is changing, and it seems everything is falling apart, focus your attention on God! He is with you (His presence); He is a refuge (His protection); He helps you (His power). Your whole world might be falling apart around you (vs. 2, 3), but He has a river for you to find peace by (vs. 4)! You might be in the middle of a fierce battle in your life, but He will always end the war victoriously (vs. 8, 9).
The lesson here is this: When everything seems to be changing and convulsing, and obstacles and battles are about us, Be still!! That means, take your hands off, relax, and let God do what He does. Don't interfere with the work of God. You can't stop mountains from falling, and the ground being pulled out from under you, but God can! He has a shady place next to a clear, cool river called Peace, and He wants you to sit still, relax and let Him handle it for you. If you will trust Him enough to be still, then He will know that you know that He is God. If you have anxiety, stress, and schemes, then you really don't believe your God is God. You think you have to fix all the problems when the truth is that God wants you to rest in His strength.
At times when life was uncertain, God gave these admonitions:
Why don't you spread a blanket here on the banks of the river Peace, and rest a little while? Our God will be along after a while and He will fix or fight on your behalf. He knows what He is doing. His timing is always perfect (vs. 5). When it is all over, He will be exalted (vs. 10), and you will be blessed. "Wait, I say, on the Lord."