The Psalmist sets the stage for a future time when turmoil and struggle will be the norm. The noise of strife will be even worse than it is today, which is hard to imagine. But telling this story is moving the reader to the commanding words of comfort in verse 10 that help each believer as we wait for the return of Jesus.
Skip verse 1 and look at Psalm 46:2-3. Imagine the worst-case scenario – the earth is melted like a volcano, the mountains have dropped into the sea due to an earthquake, the seas roar in a global tsunami, or the mountains are convulsing due to unprecedented tremors all over the world. Can you imagine how horrible those scenarios would be? Maybe we don’t even want to know the devastation we have seen in recent years from natural disasters. BUT GOD… Look back at verse 1 – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” It is BECAUSE of His help that we need not fear even the worst possible situation that could happen. We can confidently trust in our God!
Do you see the application for us today? Looking at the turmoil today, you may be saying things like this – Why all the turmoil? When will the war end? When will prices come down? When will people stop lashing out at each other? When will these natural disasters cease? These thoughts really seem to increase the noise in my soul and make it very difficult to hear the Lord speaking. This seems to be the place of Psalm 46:10. There is an end in sight, but until the Lord brings those things to pass, we MUST be still and rest in the assurance that God is in control.
Katharina von Schlegel put it this way in the second verse of her song “Be Still, My Soul.”
“Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the winds and waves still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.”
The psalm finishes with a reminder that no matter how tumultuous our lives and world may be, we can trust the Lord of host and the God of Jacob to be our companion and refuge in times of trouble.
Will you take time to “BE STILL” amid your turmoil?
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