“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it. The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble! God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts! The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. Interlude Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: See how he brings destruction upon the world. He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. Interlude” Psalms 46:1-11 NLT
My favorite song is Vienna by Billy Joel. In the song is this concept of slowing down because you can’t have things before it’s time. The way you do that is by leaving the phone off the hook or disconnecting from the demanding world around us. Especially in today day and age when everything is always vying for your attention. In this passage we can see God is our refuge where we go in times of struggles and he is who we trust and rely on when things get hard. This passage seems to also gets at that same concept present in the song, of being still. With the added message of know God is God. No matter what comes natural disasters, wars, famines, or any trials, God is God.
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