Week of February 4 - Day 4

Day 4 Read: Psalm 46:8-9

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
    how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the chariots with fire.

Reflect: What demonstration of God’s power is proclaimed by the Psalmist?

Consider: In verse 8b desolations translates a word meaning an event which evokes terror or wonder from those who see it, an “awesome” or “prodigious” event.[1]

Respond: Through the Holy Spirit, God now resides in those who, by grace, have faith in Jesus Christ. What is our mission, and how does it compare to the mission of Israel during the time of the psalmist? How does your response to this demonstrate how you “behold the works of the LORD”?

 

[1]  Robert G. Bratcher and William David Reyburn, A Translator’s Handbook on the Book of Psalms, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1991), 434.