God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God… ~ Psalm 46:1-4a
READING: Psalm 46
There are days in church planting that rival any Hollywood special effects depicting the earth giving way and the mountains collapsing into the sea. A key family decides to leave. The money isn’t enough for the bills. You have to move your worship location. Someone in your family struggles with a serious illness.
Pick your catastrophic spiritual warfare.
In the midst of it all, the psalmist sees a river, a river in the middle of a dry city. The river brings healing, refreshment, life and vitality right into the center of the devastation. The river is God and His blessings of grace and sustenance. It is no wonder the writer can say, “God is my refuge and strength.”
What has you anxious and worried today? Are you dealing with one of the things mentioned above? Are you concerned that you say something significant on Sunday? Has one of your significant supportive relationships hit a rough patch?
There is a river. There is a river of God’s empowering presence to drive out the fear and bring visions of refreshment and life. As we take refuge in Him, there is a river of blessing.
Lord, Even though the earth shakes around me, my trust is in You! Though the waters roar, I will not fear. Please be my strength. Let me splash in Your river of blessing. Amen.
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