Wednesday, August 24, 2011

There Is a River

 4There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
 5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
 6The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. 

There Is a River

In Psalm 46 the Psalmist quickly puts all things in perspective. After declaring, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, he states simply:
 4There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
 5God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved.
What a beautiful reminder of the reality of life. Though the heathen may rage and the earth be moved, it is nothing compared to the power of God. Indeed, God utters His voice and the earth melts!

Why then, do we as Christians spend so much of our time in anxiety over the simple affairs of this earth? We seem to react to the events of this life as though they are the full meaning of life. It certainly does point to our frailty as human beings, does it not? How quickly we become caught up in everyday life, to the extent that we forget that nothing happens in this life apart from the hand of God.

Is God's arm shortened so that He cannot protect His children? Admittedly, it is very difficult for us to separate the life we see around us from the reality of a life that we know is ordered by God. Not one day, not even one moment, passes unnoticed by God!

That is particularly comforting to acknowledge when one views the seemingly chaotic events of this world. In one day wars continue in Africa, a hurricane bears down upon the Caribbean heading toward the eastern US seacoast, and a 5.8 earthquake rumbles in Virginia.  

How does the world cope with such turmoil apart from Christ? Is God speaking to the world today? Does the world hear His voice? Perhaps the more sobering question would be, do Christians hear His voice? 

Yes, yesterday the heathen raged and the kingdoms were moved as war continued to erupt in the Mid East, while God uttered His voice and the earth shook in the United States. The Bible is a living book! Imagine the Psalmist penning the words to Psalm 46 hundreds, even thousands of years ago, and it reads as though it might have been yesterday's newspaper!
There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
This is the God we serve! His Word flows into our hearts and fills us with peace and joy!

God Bless You,
Linda

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