A loved one’s pain that I could hear and sense although the conversation was occurring via telephone and thousands of miles separated us. A loved one’s pain was what brought this beloved Psalm to mind most recently. This Psalm that begins with some of the words I find most comforting in the Bible:
“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah” (Psalm 46:1-3)
Selah. Indeed. A good, good place to rest for a while.
God is my refuge and strength. A very present help. Not a I-am-coming-as-soon-as-I-can-help-but-a-right-there-right-now- when-you-need-Me-help. The Psalm continues to this verse that is another exhale-that-breath-you-were-not-even-aware-that-you-were-holding-moment, verse. The verse comes across as both a whisper but a firm command, “Be still and know that I am God” (verse13).
There is a knowing that can only come in being still. I chose to obey, Abba because I need the reminder of Who You are. I purpose to stop my striving and my efforts and do what You say because You never ask me to do anything that I cannot accomplish with Your help. I need to know Who You are because Who You are is all I need in every situation.
This post is number 6 in the series, “Reasons to Praise.” Joining Kate Motaung for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.