“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
Come, behold the works of the LORD,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
‘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 fortress.” Psalm 46:1-3,5-6,8-11
“‘With everlasting love I will have compassion on you,’ says the LORD, your Redeemer… ‘For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the LORD.” Isaiah 54:8,10
When all around us shifts, and life as we know it is altered forever, God is the same, and steady: He does not change, He cannot be moved. A job is eliminated, and our future is uncertain. A loved one dies, and we enter a new life alone. Riots rock and damage, diseases ravage and maim, storms destroy and uproot, accusations fly and ruin, yet God is in the midst of all as refuge, strength, and power. His very presence is help.
God’s word gives life, causes death, imparts His Spirit, silences the sea, transforms with truth. He who brings desolations also heals and restores. He raises up and He brings low; brings to naught the wise and strong. God in the midst governs the world and all creation. He is actively working His sovereign plan for history in everything that transpires, all for His exaltation among the nations. (Genesis 2:7; Psalm 75:7; Isaiah 53:5; Daniel 2:21; Malachi 3:6; Mark 4:39; John 20:22; 1 Corinthians 1:27-29; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; 2 Timothy 3:16)
When our hearts are frenzied, be still. When our minds are scattered, not knowing how or what to think, be still. When truth and reason seem blurred, settle still in His word. When our dander gets riled, our emotions rage, our defenses rise, our words want to fly, be still. Allow the fact that He is God to seep into every part of your being, and be still. Know He is God, and that He is and will be exalted.
What keeps us from trusting in this hope? Where have we replaced Him with changing or meaningless gods, and refused Him as Lord? When moving mountains rock us, would we be still, and steady ourselves in Him and His promises?
Lord on high, may I set You ever before me and be still, not shaken. Keep me steadfast and immovable. May every nation of my heart impulses and wandering thoughts exalt Your unshakable sameness and unchanging, infinite glory, even as You exalt Yourself in the earth. (Psalm 16:8; 1 Corinthians 15:58)