July 6, 2021
Scripture: 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. Psalm 46: 1-2 ESV
Observation: Beautiful, yet terrifying—the Sons of Korah depict in these opening verses what may be a prophetic vision of the end of the age. Indeed, the Revelation of John describes that islands will disappear into the sea and mountains crumble in the days leading up to Christ’s return (Revelation 16:20). And for the remnant who hold fast through these tumultuous times, they will be gathered together with their Redeemer in the clouds (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
Takeaway: That’s certainly good news for the future, but what about here and now? How is God our “very present help in trouble?” The next two verses of our psalm provide the answer in part: the river of life, which is also depicted in John’s revelation (22:1-2), will bring gladness of heart to us. What is this river of life? It is the holy habitation of the “Most High” (verse 4) and it flows from the throne of God and the Lamb (Revelation 22:2). But how do we receive this healing water that invokes gladness of the heart? By being still in God’s presence and remembering that our Lord of hosts is with us (verse 10-11), that he shall not be moved (verse 5), and that he makes wars cease (verse 9).
Prayer: Gracious Lord, please help us to be still in your presence and know you our God!
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling