Welcome to May!
As we enter into this month, I wanted to begin with a small meditation on Psalm 46. In meditating on this psalm, I was prompted and reminded to trust in the Lord as the truth of his authority was laid out through this psalm. I share with you some truths found in Psalm 46.
‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and the seas foam and the mountains quake with the with their surging.’ (V1-3)
I was struck by the word ever-present, reminding me that the Lord is with us right here and right now. He is with us in every trouble that we face. The character of God does not change, that is why he can be trusted because he will be our refuge and strength through it all. The use of the word ‘is’ reminds me of the absolute certainty of who God is. There is no doubt in the use of the Psalmist words because he knows the faithfulness of the Lord being his refuge and strength, that will not be shaken due to the circumstance. That is why the psalmist can proclaim in the next verses, that he will not fear any disaster that will come upon the earth.
‘There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.’ (v4-7)
God is in full control, even when everything will fall, there will always be hope. When we see the brokenness of nations and the injustice in the world. May we not be disheartened, that the Lord has forsaken us. God is still faithful and still working with us and through us. These verses remind us of the strength of the Lord and the power that God has, the power to not allow a city to fall. As the New Living Translation states ‘God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it.’ (v5). The mightiest of men can never compare to the might and power of God. Where the Lord is, there will always be life and hope.
‘The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.’ (v7)
Again, there is an absolute belief in who God is and his faithfulness to his people. This verse is repeated at the end of the Psalm. It is a wonderful declaration over any situation. Regardless of what may come their way, that the Lord Almighty is with them. That they will not be deterred. There is no doubt. May we be encouraged in the situation that we face, to proclaim the unshakeable truth of our God. May we not be ashamed, but may we declare victory in the name of the Lord.
‘Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.’ (v8-9)
The victory is placed in the Lord’s hands because he has complete power in all circumstances. The Lord has the power to destroy the weapon, which is mighty in man’s hand but becomes powerless before God. Anything that we know that can kill or harm us, they are easily destroyed by the Lord. Due to the Lord having complete authority, he is able to command us to be in a more peaceful state.
‘He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted among the earth.” (v10)
Even in the midst of our greatest struggles, the Lord commands us to be still and know that he is God through it all. To our eyes, the situation may not look promising because we are so limited and weak in what we can do. We attempt to fight our own battles, which leads to a greater mess. May we not be afraid but come and be still in the presence of God. May we lay every struggle before him, knowing that he is God and he has full authority. When we leave it before the Lord, we learn to surrender. We can trust him and walk with him through every struggle that we face.
I have been learning, that sometimes we truly need to be still. That there will always be something that is attempting to get our attention. There will be struggles that never seem to end. However, the Lord beckons us into a place of peace, not to hide from all our problems but that we will allow the Lord to have authority of them. With the Lord by our side we are able to walk through life with a more determined and courageous heart, for we know that we are not doing it alone. May we praise God for that.
Like the Lord said to Moses ‘The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’ (Exodus 14v14)
Key Points from Psalm:
- God is our ever-present, refuge, and strength.
- God is in full control.
- No doubt, in the faithfulness of God.
- Victory is in God’s hands.
- God has complete victory in all circumstances.
- The Lord commands us to be in a place of peace.
Prayer: Father, may we learn to come into your presence and to be still. May you remind us that you know all our ways and all our thoughts. You know the concern of our hearts and what we are battling with. You do not forsake us at this time but you do ask us to surrender it all to you. Where we have become tired and weary from trying to fight our own battles, may we rest in your strength. May you speak over our fears, that even the mightiest of men are nothing in comparison to you. May we seek our refuge in you, knowing that you will strengthen us to walk with you through our struggles. May you bring peace and understanding to our hearts, that you are God through it all. Faithful to the very end. May we rejoice and be glad in you. In Jesus name, Amen.
God bless, Victoria.