Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the three-year lectionary.
As we move into the end of the old year and into the new year, our readings look to the end of the world. In Psalm 46 we read of God as our refuge, a stronghold. When the day of judgment comes, all our world will seem out of order. The picture in verse two of a mountain thrown into the sea is a scene of terror. It’s similar to our modern idea of a meteor crashing into the sea - a big one. What destruction and terror we have when the end comes! In verse nine, God brings an end to war, but it is by destroying all the weapons of war. This in itself is a warlike action.
The fact is, people turn to God as a fortress because they have reason to be terrified. In the time of the end, God’s intervention will be quite forceful. Yet our Psalm reminds us that we can rest in God. In His presence there is peace (vv. 4-5). We can be still before Him (v. 10) because He is the one who is with us, not against us. He is the true protector of His people.
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