Grace For The Journey
The Rev. John G. Paton and his wife served as missionaries for many years in the New Hebrides Islands. One night hostile natives surrounded his mission headquarters intent on burning it down and killing them. John Paton and his wife prayed continually during that terror filled night that God would deliver them. When daylight came they were amazed to see the attackers unaccountably leave. A year later, the chief of the tribe was converted to Christ, and Paton, remembering what had happened, asked the chief what had kept him and his men from burning down the house and killing them.
The chief replied in surprise, “Who were all those men you had there with you?” The missionary answered, “There were no men there, just my wife and I.” The chief argued that they had seen many men standing guard – hundreds of big men in shinning garments with drawn swords in their hands. They seemed to circle the mission station, so the natives were afraid to attack. Only then did the Rev. Paton realize that God had sent His angels to protect them. The Lord is Sovereign over all the earth. The armies of heaven serve Him continually.
We continue our thoughts on Psalm 46. God is teaching us about the need to seek Him and His power for our daily lives.
The Psalmist continues in verse7, “The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”
The Psalmist says that the Lord of Hosts is on our side. He is fighting for us. This title the Lord of Hosts, refers to God as being commander in chief of the heavenly army. The Lord is a mighty warrior and more than able to vanquish the enemy. He is in charge, and He defends His children. Surely, we are safe in His protective care. The Lord is with us and He fights our battles.
How should we respond to God’s salvation? We must tell others about it. We should share our testimony of God’s providential care with the lost. We should encourage them to trust in the Lord and run to Him too! God is still on the throne and He will take care of His own. Do you believe that? Do you trust Him to look after you?
When times of trouble come into your life, how do you respond? Do we become afraid? Or do we respond in faith? Do we trust God and seek His help? Are you terrified by current world events? Don’t be! God is still sovereign. Can you recall how God has helped you in the past? Are you confident that He will help you in the future? Will you share God’s faithfulness with others? Will you determine to ask Him for help and stop worrying?
Thirdly, these verses tell us about psalmist’s resolve.
He says in Verses 8-9, “Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.
In light of the current trials and turmoil we endure we must focus on the Lord. The Psalmist reflects on God’s sovereignty and so should we. In fact He commands us to behold the power of God to execute judgment. The wicked may stir up strife for a time, but God is ultimately in control. He will have the final say. Verses 8 and 9 clearly refer to the Day of the Lord when God defeats His enemies. The Lord will judge the wicked with an enormous upheaval on the earth. He will bring an end to all warfare. The Psalmist says take a good look at who is really in control of the earth. God is sovereign. He will conquer evil and establish universal peace. Behold the greatness of God’s works!
The psalmist instructs the reader regarding the powerful reason for our resolve. Psalm 46;10-11, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah”
How should we respond to God’s mighty works? What should we do in response to God’s justice and sovereignty? We should worship at His feet! The Psalmist commands us to be still. To recognize that the Lord is God. This was the response on Mount Carmel when God answered Elijah by fire. They said “the Lord He is God, the Lord He is God.” We must recognize this. We should stand in awe at the greatness of our God. We should worship the Lord. In light of who God is and what He has done we should exalt His Name. We should praise Him in song. We should magnify His name throughout all the earth. After all, our God is with us. Our future is secure because of the Lord’s promises to us. He will protect us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is our God and our refuge. Let us not fear but have faith. Let us not worry but rather let us worship Him.
When you think the world has gone mad, reflect on God’s sovereignty. Think about the promises and prophecies in God’s Word. Behold the mighty works of the Lord. Who made the world in the first place? Who rules it with great power? Who gives life to all including terrorists? Who is going to have the final say and establish an eternal kingdom? In light of this we should be still and recognize the greatness of our God. Only He is sovereign. Then we should stand in awe of our Savior and King. Finally let us worship Him and exalt His Name in all the earth. God uses trouble and pressure to make us lean on Him. He wants us to be people of faith not fear.
Pressed out of measure and pressed to all length,
Pressed so intensely it seems beyond strength;
Pressed in the body and pressed in the soul,
Pressed in the mind till the dark surges roll;
Pressure by foes, and pressure by friends,
Pressure on pressure, till life nearly ends,
Pressed into loving the staff and the rod;
Pressed into knowing no helper but God;
Pressed into liberty where nothing clings,
Pressed into faith for impossible things;
Pressed into living a life in the Lord,
Pressed into living a Christ-life outpoured!
We may not see God, but He is still there watching over His people just like He did in Esther’s time. This gives us great confidence in perilous times. Will you determine to respond in faith and not fear. Will you worship the Lord and not worry about the future.
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”