Summer of Psalms, week 2

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.IMG_1110
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

There is so much to cling to in this Psalm, especially when we are reeling from bad news, when the nations and their leaders seem so out of control, and we see no hope in sight.

Remember.  Remember that God is your refuge and your strength.  He is your ever-present help in trouble.  When the waters roar and the mountains crumble God is still on His throne.

This earth is our temporary home and it is far from perfect.  But God is here with us in the midst of chaos and destruction.  In the middle of hatred and confusion, be still and feel God’s presence.  Hear the small, still voice that whispers when we are quiet.

Pause and remember.  Hide under the shelter of His wings when you need to.  God is our ever-present help in trouble.  Put your trust in Him.  He can handle it.

About Katherine J. Scott

Welcome to my website and blog. I am a writer and librarian interested in historical fiction. My works in progress include a trilogy about a stonemason from Elizabethan England and a novel loosely based on the Hunt of the Unicorn Tapestries housed at the Cloisters in New York.
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