God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
(Psalm 46: 1-7 ESV)
These days the news seems to be all bad, both at home and abroad. So Psalm 46 is a good one to meditate on today. It tells us that no matter what happens in the world around us, God is bigger. He offers a place of refuge in the midst of trouble, he refreshes with streams of living water.
The problem is, sometimes it’s hard to remember that. The bad news of a fallen world intrudes on our lives at every turn. How can we be sure that God is really there and really hears our cries? The Psalmist gives us further reminders of God’s faithfulness and then he says:
10 “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 of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah (Psalm 46:10-11)
Get that? “Be still and know that I am God.” In the midst of the world’s clamor, God is there — we just need to listen. It’s hard — very hard sometimes — to be quiet and listen for God’s voice. But it’s there and it never ceases. Spend some time alone — go outside some evening and listen to the night noises and watch the lightning bugs, or find a quiet place to meditate on God’s word — God will remind you of his presence. And you’ll remember that God is bigger than all the world’s troubles and he is faithful.