If you watch the election coverage or other news for very long, it can begin to feel like we’re in a societal earthquake. The foundations are crumbling, and we’re all in danger of being crushed. But it doesn’t take the news to feel that like. Maybe you’re experiencing a shake-up in your relationships, or job, or health that feels like it threatens your entire future.
It can seem like Psalm 46, which talks not only about an earthquake, but a flood on top of the earthquake. And it goes on to describe the chaos not just of natural disasters, but of a war.
But the Psalm doesn’t stop there, it goes on to describe God who is unmoved by the falling of the mountains, the raging of the seas, or the tumult of the armies. And He is a refuge for His children.
God’s very presence is enough…
“The LORD of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our stronghold.” (Psalm 46:7,11)
…and His very voice is enough to stop the chaos…
“He raised His voice, the earth melted.” (Psalm 46:6)
And, until that moment, what is the response we are called to? To rest… in Him.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
It is like the time when He calmed a raging sea with just a word (Mark 4:39). And he experienced – and triumphed over – the worst disaster and chaos imaginable so we would not have to (Isaiah 53:5). Regardless of whatever disaster or persecution we may experience, He is bigger, He is loving. We can run to Him, rest in Him, lean on Him.
Lord of Hosts & Castillo Fuerte / A Mighty Fortress
We sing more than one song which is based on this Psalm. If you’re living in a world of ‘rainbows and ponies’, it probably won’t mean much to you. But if you are experiencing the chaos of a fallen world and of the attacks of an active enemy, then sing on… and be reminded of our great and loving Castle-God. Here’s a paraphrase of some of the opening lines…
God is our mighty fortress, He is a castle that never fails.
He is our helper even as we are flooded with all sorts of darkness.
How about you?
When you feel like your world is in an earthquake or a flood, what practical step could you take to fix your gaze on God, our mighty fortress?