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Our Shelter in Times of Storms

May 18, 2016

Wednesday

 

Psalm 46:1-4

 

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;  Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.  There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

 

LESSON

 

God’s people find safety and courage when they trust in Him. He is a shelter from danger and a source of strength for them. Consequently they need not fear even though they face many calamities. Martin Luther felt inspired to write the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” because of this psalm. The figure of the mountains sliding into the sea pictures a terrible disaster, as do those of the storm-tossed sea and the earthquake. “Utter Confusion, Unutterable Peace,” is what one author titled his exposition of this psalm. God’s presence in Jerusalem was similar to that of a refreshing, life-giving river rather than the raging sea.

People seem to be afraid of silence. They do anything to fill their lives with noise and avoid the emptiness. But God says “Be still and know that I am God.” What can that mean to us and how can we go about doing it? All of us need to take a little more time each day to be still. We need to avoid getting so caught up in our own agenda that we force God out of the way.

 

Memory Verse: Isaiah 25:4

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