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Midweek Devotionals

Published weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Midweek Devotional 1/7/2015

Robert Chen

Dear Church:


1   God is our refuge and strength, 

          a very present help in trouble. 

2   Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, 

          though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 

3   though its waters roar and foam, 

          though the mountains tremble with its tumult. 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 the city; it shall not be moved; 

          God will help it when the morning dawns. 

6   The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; 

          he utters his voice, the earth melts. 

7   The LORD of hosts is with us; 

          the God of Jacob is our refugeSelah


8   Come, behold the works of the LORD; 

          see what desolations he has brought on the earth. 

9   He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; 

          he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; 

          he burns the shields with fire. 

10  “Be still, and know that I am God! 

          I am exalted among the nations, 

          I am exalted in the earth.” 

11  The LORD of hosts is with us; 

          the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah


I wanted to highlight the eye-opening verses of this psalm. As you can see, all the verses got highlighted, for good reason: all the verses add something true, beautiful, and powerful to our view of God.


What a strong declaration to begin the psalm -- "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." The Psalmist never strays away from reality which includes challenges and troubles. The good news even in the midst of such troubling contexts is that there is Someone who is there for us, the one who is a "very present help," "our refuge and strength."


Like a sound logician, the Psalmist rightly concludes from the truth that God is our refuge, strength, and very present help, that "therefore we will not fear" (despite the unimaginably terrible things that might happen -- the earth changing, the mountains shaking, the waters roaring and foaming). That true conviction that if God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31) is voiced here in the very opening of this psalm.


The picture of God's strength (and composure) and that this mighty God is with God's people closes out the psalm in verses 10 and 11. (You can read these two verses again above.) Nations and earth exalt the Lord. He is our refuge. God is with us. Emmanuel.


Let's pray: Father God, we thank you during this week when many are fasting and praying and some of us are feeling the effects of lacking food in our bodies and finding ourselves wanting to be physically still that you would help us to be still in the acknowledgement of who you are. That you are God! The only true God! Nations, whether they know it consciously or not, exalt you, and the earth exalts you in its own createdness among plants, animals, inert material, and the periodic table (now with two new elements). We are still and we see you! You are with us and you are for us. Who or what, indeed, can be against us? In Jesus' name, amen.