The tone of Psalm 46 seems to suggest it was written at a time of crisis. Of course, the particular crisis of the Psalm is not specified, but that’s okay, we are all keenly aware of a current crisis. Many are struggling with fear and insecurity in ways they have never experienced. On a global level, to say that our world is characterized by fear, distress, and instability would be an understatement. But on a personal level, are you sensing uncertainty, apprehension, or anxiety?
Over the next few days, we will meditate on Psalm 46. Take a few moments to read through the Psalm, then pray and ask God to settle your heart through these truths.
Because of Who God is, there is no need to fear
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.
Imagine an earthquake so violent that the mountains actually crumble and fall. Imagine a storm so chaotic that it causes the mountains to shake? Can you even imagine what that would be like? That would be a pretty unsettling experience for anyone! These are graphic pictures of very distressing circumstances. What makes it so fearful is that the earth and the mountains are probably the most settled and stable realities we see in nature.Fear enters our lives when we realize that the very things we thought we could count on have the potential of being removed. Click To Tweet
The point is that fear comes into our lives when we realize that the very things we thought we could count on have the potential of being removed at any moment. But it’s in the face of that kind of distress and uncertainty that we must anchor our thoughts in the reality of God’s character.
C.H. Spurgeon said this,
When all things are excited to fury, and reveal their utmost power to disturb, faith smiles serenely. She is not afraid of noise, nor even of real force, she knows that the Lord stilleth the raging of the sea, and holdeth the waves in the hollow of his hand.
- God is your refuge. He is a shelter, a place of trust or confidence to which you can run and hide. This is the God of the universe saying, “I will be for you a place of confidence. Run to me and find security.”
- God is your strength. In other words, He not only promises to be a refuge, but He has the power and ability to be and do what He says. This is what enables us to not be overwhelmed and paralyzed by fear.
- God is a very present help. God is never late and He always supplies exactly what is necessary in times of trouble.
Notice how the Psalmist sees the extremity of his circumstances, then he looks to the character of God. When He recognizes the wonder and majesty of Who God is, what is his response? We will not fear!
Today, what’s more impressive to you, the current crisis or the character of God? Why not take some time to focus your thoughts on God and meditate on what you know to be true about Him. To help give you a start, click here to download a brief list cataloging the glories of God’s greatness, holiness, goodness, and love. Just take one or two attributes, memorize the definition, meditate on the passages, and pray that your heart and mind would be settled in what is always true about your God.
May the reality of His character become more impressive to us than the present crisis.May the reality of His character become more impressive to us than the present crisis. Click To Tweet
In the next post, we’ll look at Psalm 46:4-7 and consider how the reality of God’s presence brings joy, stability, and security.