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1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.c]”>[c]
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shieldsd]”>[d] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Some points from the sermon:
What will keep you from living in fear in the world?
- Why can we still have joy and courage? Because God is with us in our trouble! (verse 1) We will not fear because God is with us.
- When the things fall apart that we think are stable – even then we do not need to fear. (Verses 2-3) Verse 10 is in the context of upheaval and confusion.
- You can have joy in the midst of political confusion and chaos, even when the nations are in an uproar. God’s kingdom is here and will not fall. (Verses 4-6)
- Gladness (Verse 4) BECAUSE He is not outside of my trouble, He’s in it with me! (In the Hebrew gladness means emotion that erupts with extreme happiness that needs to be expressed)
- The command in Verse 8 is to come and see the works of the Lord. Take another look at who is really in charge of history. We do this by reading the Bible. God has been working throughout history and He is the one in charge. You will be discouraged if you only look at the details of what is going on in the world but fail to be aware of God and His sovereignty.
- Be still means to cease striving. To know expresses intimacy/closeness with God not simply information about Him. (Verse 10)
These are just a few of the notes I took. I would encourage you to watch the video of Pastor Brad’s sermon to understand verse 10 in more detail. It was good to take another look into a very familiar verse and it helped me to understand this scripture more fully. I love how God keeps teaching us and how there is so much depth to His Word.
What challenged you in this sermon? Do you see verse 10 in a different way than before?
Two things that were challenging to me:
- The reminder that God has been sovereign over all of history, and that no one in a high position is there unless God allows it. Pastor Brad gives some scriptural examples of how God used evil kings to bring about His plans. It was a challenge to me to keep looking through the whole Bible (Old and New Testament) and remind myself of God being in control throughout history and that He is just as much in control now.
- Thinking about the meaning of be still and know: to cease striving and know God closely. Wow! This is such a good picture of what having a day of Sabbath rest can be about. Just thinking of this verse in the context of chaos, things changing outside of my control and difficult situations. Choosing to stop and know God now in the middle of the hard is the challenge God is bringing here. This verse is so powerful and meaningful in its context!