Oh, how many times I have returned to the Psalms. There is such a wealth of material in this book just about the character of God himself; so much comfort and peace; so much encouragement. Chapter 46 captured my attention and my heart once again this past week as some things were troubling my spirit.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore I will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.” vs. 1-3
He reminded me that when troubling feelings and situations are shaking the very core of my heart, to run to God, my refuge. He will give me strength and I don’t have to fear. When I jumped to verse 10, “Be still, and know that I am God,” it’s like God was saying, “Why are you so troubled? It’s unnecessary for you to be shaken and disturbed. You need to be still, and know that I am God.”
Reading this, I was told: (You) be still – relax, calm down, stop struggling in spite of my feelings, and know the peace of God that passes understanding. He tells me in the rest of the verse why or how I can “be still.” He says, “‘know that I am God.” Yes, I do know He is God; the Great I AM – the sovereign God of the universe; the God of me! There is nothing impossible with Him.
So, it’s back in my lap – what’s going to be my choice? Am I going to continue to fret and worry or am I going to run to my refuge and strength and be still, because I know I am in the hands of my God? The choice is pretty obvious, isn’t it?
What will be your choice in your troublesome times?