God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Throughout history, throughout the world, great cities have grown up on the banks of great rivers. People need abundant water to thrive. Although Jerusalem had only a spring to supply its water, Ezekiel saw a powerful river flowing out God’s Temple (Eze. 47:1-12). “There is a river”— sings the psalmist. As Jesus proclaimed at the feast of Tabernacles, He was Himself that River, able to satisfy all who thirst (John 7:37-38).
Around us people may be terrified by hurricanes and floods, earthquakes and tidal waves. God is with us even in natural upheavals. The international news is dominated by threats of about-to-erupt political upheavals while war shatters nations around the globe. God is still above all the turmoil and is still in control. He asserts His authority over warring nations. “Be still,” He tells us, “and know that I am a God.” There is no other refuge, but He is enough.
Prayer: Father, in chaos and insecurity, give me peace. In a world troubled by natural disasters, wars, or terrorists, my soul can feel safe in You. Let me hear the echo of Jesus when He spoke to the storm on Galilee: “Peace. Be still.” Amen.
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