During this coronavirus crisis, it is the Word of God that will feed our faith so that we do not fear. It is meditating on Scriptures like Psalm 46that will calm our fears and assure us that all really is well…because we have a great God who loves us and who is in control of all things … even viruses. It is in the Bible that we find real comfort and joy in the face of uncertainties. If we want peace of mind, we have to take up God’s Word, portions like this, and pray them through our own souls, in faith and worship before our LORD.
It will help us to see the structure of this psalm. There are 3 sets of 3 verses (1-3, 4-6, and 8-10) and a chorus that is repeated twice (7, 11). It starts out in verse 1 with exactly what we need to hear in these uncertain days. Psalm 46 is a banquetof security and confidence … if we’ll grab a plate and fill it up.
God.That’s where our focus needs to be. Don’t spend your time with all the “what ifs” of life. Look at all our God is described to be … our refuge, our strength, our helper. If we have Him, why be afraid? Even if the worst is possible, cataclysmic things happen to this earth … why be afraid if this God is our God? Even if this world totally falls apart and becomes undone? Why fear? He is God!
What calm assurance to be led beside a soothing stream, a river of life and joy … it flows from the very throne of God. It calls our names to come and sit, and to drink refreshing, life-giving waters. To drink from those waters is to drink in God Himself. Let the nations rage all around us … we hear nothing else threatening as our souls are filled with Him … we are absorbed with listening to Him. He’ll take care of all the threatening stuff; we can just enjoy His voice and hide ourselves in His loving omnipotence.
Our Father says to us, “Take your eyes off circumstances around and put them on me.” Our tendency is toward frantic activity (I have to talk, I have to save the day) … or hopeless despair (no hope, self-pity). The Almighty says, “Stop! Be still and know Me; I am God, the Creator, the everlasting God of all!” We must actually stop, open our Bibles and meditate in the law of the Lord in order to rightly feed our souls. (Psalm 1)!
Double your security (vs.7,11), double your pleasure! If this God is with us, what more do we need? Are His armies not enough? Is His stronghold not sufficient? Can anything undo us if our God is covering and leading us? Cuddle up under the wings of the Most High (Psalm 91), and feel so secure.
The answer to fear:
Fill up your senses with this ever-sure, ever-sweet God, the Lord Jesus Christ.