Last week I spoke of getting still, quiet, in His presence. This week I will give one of the reasons why it is so important seeking that time with Him.
As we read Psalm 46, we can readily see this being played out in our lives right now. The psalmists, the sons of Korah, speak of the earth and mountains being shaken (earthquakes), the raging of the seas (tsunamis), nations raging against nation, and kingdoms falling (wars).
Today, we see stock markets plunging and the threat of them crashing; the church facing persecution as lawlessness (disobedience to God’s Word), increases.
This is an uncertain and frightening time in history, but the Lord encourages us in His Word; “He is our refuge, the Lord of Hosts is with us. He is our Refuge and High Tower and Stronghold.” In verse 10, the Lord tells us to: “Be still and know (recognize and understand) that He is God. He will be exalted among the nations! He will be exalted in the earth!” (italics my emphasis)
With all the threats we are facing, there are times I feel as David in the following Scripture:
“And I say, Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.” (Ps. 55:6)“Yes, I would wander far away, I would lodge in the wilderness.” (vs.7)“I would hasten to escape and to find a shelter from the stormy wind and tempest.” (vs.8)
There may come a time when we will not have any physical place of safety to hide; in the midst of all the distresses we are facing, God reminds us to run into the shelter of His wings. He will hide us in the cleft of the Rock. In the Scriptures, Refuge, High Tower, Stronghold, Rock are all capitalized, each is a title which represents who the Lord is to His people.
It is hard to remain calm and unafraid with what we may be facing in the very near future, but unlike those who do not know Him, or are living in rebellion against Him, we can have that peace that passes all understanding.
As everything shakes and is uncertain, our foundation is based on His Word, Who He is and what He promises for those who are putting their trust and hope in Him.
He is the Cleft of the Rock; we are sheltered and protected. He is our Hiding Place. Even though the things going on in our lives and around us can be distracting, let’s refocus our attention on the Lord, praising Him and giving Him our undivided attention.