THE ESV PSALTER states it this way:
“To turn on the television or radio or to drive down a billboard-filled highway is to be bombarded with the message that various products and services are the secret to achieving inner calm. If you can just get the right body, the right education, the right financial structure, the right entertainment system - then you will have achieved that deep “soul-sigh” everyone longs for.”
These things we often turn to for that “soul-sigh” – that inner peace and satisfaction - are unable to truly satisfy our soul. They are inadequate to address the hard realities of life.
Psalm 46 presents a sober picture of life.
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. (v. 2-3)
The nations rage and kingdoms totter. (v. 6)
Where will you find inner peace when the earth goes haywire and the nations assault each other? Against the sober realities of life, a new and improved body, a good education, financial security or a new entertainment center aren’t enough to bring lasting inner peace.
So where do we find it?
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy habitation of the Most High
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns…
The LORD of hosts is with us
the God of Jacob is our fortress. (4-7)
Inner peace comes from knowing that God is in control, even when we can’t make sense of things. But not only is God in control, God is with us! He has drawn near to us through Jesus.
Psalm 46 concludes by saying:
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.
The ESV Psalter concludes:
"What troubles you today? What is it about which you think, “If I can just get that sorted out, life will become manageable”? What worries your heart as you lie awake in bed? God says: I, not any circumstantial solution, am your refuge amid your adversities. I am a very present help in trouble. I am God. Be still."
Fill in the blank with God! If you have God, then everything is good!
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