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Devotion for March 17

posted Mar 19, 2020, 10:28 PM by Donald Wildeboer

Psalm 46:1–11 (NIV)

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 foam and the mountains quake with their surging. 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. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 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. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

Reading Psalm 46, you can hear in his voice in the first couple of sentences that things are definitely not going well and the world is unsettled at best. An expression that comes to mind, “I was knocked for a loop,” something I felt last Friday at classis when a sense of concern over the COVID 19 virus creeped into the minds of everyone and we completely changed our plans and crammed 2 days worth of meeting into 8 busy frantic hours.

Prayer was a calming of the storm as we kept turning to the classis chaplain to lead us in prayer to calm our souls, to trust in God and to give us wisdom. The psalmist turns to God who is at the center of the storm and gives us the strength to keep standing, to keep moving forward. At the height of all the chaos, God tells us, “Be still and know that I am God.” The promise is that God is with us and he will help his people, he will help us. When you find yourself feeling anxious during these constantly changing times, take a moment and slow down to “be still and know God,” knowing that our Lord is with us always. 

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