Monday, January 12, 2009

God is Within Her

Scratched on a bright green sticky note, hanging above my computer is Psalm 46:5 --

"God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day."

Other versions read "God is in the midst of her," and "God has taken his place in her." I am so thankful for the reality of that. God dwells within us and IS present!

"At the break of day" is the morning. This is viewed metaphorically as a time of deliverance and vindication after the dark “night” of trouble. How I do need to hear this!

Earlier in the Psalm, we are reminded of Who God is and what He does. Take comfort in this, dear reader, as you settle in to this day and look with hope to the "morning" that comes, breaking forth from the dark night of trouble and despair.

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall
into the heart of the sea, through its waters roar and foam and the mountains
quake with their surging" Psalm 46:1-3.

The world may seem to be surging around you, and you may be quaking in your circumstances. Walls may be crumbling; the water may feel like it is rising and we are going to drown. Our pain is real and our suffering not a vain imagining. But God is our refuge and our strength. We need not fear because we can rest assured that God is with us, in the midst of us, and has taken His place within us and we will not fall. God will help us.

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