Week of February 4 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”

Day 1 Read: Psalm 46:1-3

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
 

Reflect: How does the passage describe God? What do these qualities and characteristics communicate about God’s nature and abilities?

Consider: The psalmist declared that God is the Refuge (maḥseh, “shelter from danger”) and Strength of believers. In other words, they find safety and courage by trusting in Him, who is always present to help them in their troubles. So, the saints need not fear, even if many perils come against them. The language is hyperbolic, to describe how great the perils may be that could come. No matter what happens, those trusting in Him are safe.[1]

Respond: How do you respond to threats to your livelihood or security? Is your default to try everything to handle the matter yourself? At what point do you typically look to God for deliverance? 

 

[1] Allen P. Ross, “Psalms,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures, ed. J. F. Walvoord and R. B. Zuck, vol. 1 (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1985), 828.