God, Ready to Help

Psalm 46 (CEV)

(A special song for the people of Korah and for the music leader.)

God Is Our Mighty Fortress

46 God is our mighty fortress,
    always ready to help
    in times of trouble.
And so, we won’t be afraid!
    Let the earth tremble
    and the mountains tumble
    into the deepest sea.
Let the ocean roar and foam,
    and its raging waves
    shake the mountains.

A river and its streams
    bring joy to the city,
    which is the sacred home
    of God Most High.
God is in that city,
and it won’t be shaken.
    He will help it at dawn.

Nations rage! Kingdoms fall!
    But at the voice of God
    the earth itself melts.
The Lord All-Powerful
    is with us.
    The God of Jacob
    is our fortress.

Come! See the fearsome things
    the Lord has done on earth.
God brings wars to an end
    all over the world.
He breaks the arrows,
shatters the spears,
    and burns the shields.
10 Our God says, “Calm down,
    and learn that I am God!
    All nations on earth
    will honor me.”

11 The Lord All-Powerful
    is with us.
    The God of Jacob
    is our fortress.

A God always ready to help.  A God of strength and safety.  A God who is always with us.  A God who shatters spears, burns shields, breaks arrows – that’s my kind of God.  When people let us down, scare us, hurt us, or reject us – he never will.

But God is more than that.  He invites us to know him.  A God who urges us to calm down…, to learn that he is God.  Or the more familiar,

Be still, and know that I am God

I thought this was an interesting interpretation of this Psalm:

And maybe this makes it more real in the place you are today:

God is God.  In our fear, our pain, our distress, our discomfort, our heartbreak, our trouble…

God is there.  Ready to help.

~ by pamjw on November 19, 2013.

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