By Dawn Hill, The Lovesick Scribe
I do not know if you have noticed, but there seems to be no end to news of turmoil in this world. Wherever we turn in our day and time, it is inevitable to hear of impending crisis or looming fear bent on gripping the hearts of those who would listen. As this coming New Year approaches, the expectancy of a fresh start may seem lack luster and even replaced with a sense of dread or uncertainty. As believers in Christ, we have great joy in the midst of turmoil and groanings of the earth and within our own bodies as we long for our heavenly dwelling (2 Corinthians 5:2) because our gaze is set upon Christ rather than the fallenness of this world.
Psalm 46 came to mind while pondering on what to share with you. This psalm is centered upon God being the refuge for His people. The first verse begins with the assurance of God being “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” The psalmist then goes on to speak of things happening in the earth such as earthquakes, roaring waters and raging nations. These things can ignite fear in the hearts of men, but it is not to be the case for those who belong to God.
A type and shadow of salvation emerges in this psalm, and we see a call to trust in the Lord of hosts for protection and stability. Contrasted by the roaring waters is “the river whose streams make glad the city of our God.” (Psalm 46:4) Though all else gives way and is moved, because of God, His people shall not be moved. There is a call to remember the works of God, His power over the earth in the past and in the future, His sovereignty and His might in ceasing the wars of men.
This psalm ministers to us still today as we like those in that time face uncertain times with certain challenges. We are not to dread the coming year as we are not those without hope. When the nations rage, we trust in the Lord. Changes comes, but our Lord and Savior, our God changes not. He is constant, and we can trust Him. As we look to the New Year, let this verse bring you encouragement, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 4:10)