Monday, November 16, 2015

Master’s Monday

Therefore We Will Not Fear

Yesterday evening, church service opened with the awe-inspiring and comforting words of Psalm 46. I plan to take this psalm with me this week and meditate on its abundant truth.

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 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.

I am forever grateful to my Master for His presence in the darkest of circumstances and for the living waters of joy that He offers to all who turn to Him for refuge. I thank Him for His abiding care—His care for every trouble, great or small, that I or any other of His children may face. I want to live my life in His kingdom, today and every day hereafter, regardless of what the future may bring. 

The nations are indeed in uproar. In many ways, they always have been. With every action that I perform today, I want to reassert my allegiance to the Prince of Peace. His is the one kingdom continually at peace and continually working to transmit that peace into this violent world of men. His is a worthy calling. I want to dwell in His holy place and exalt His name in every situation. “And they shall call his name Emmanuel, which translated is, ‘God with us.’” 

“To make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery…which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”