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Psalm 46:8

Come, see the works of the Lord,
who brings devastation on the earth.
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There’s something thrilling about a personal invitation.
A calling aside, an inclusion, a sense of being wanted.

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For today, we are blessed with the rich jewel of one lovely invitation in verse 8 of Psalm 46.

Come, see the works of the Lord[…]”

The psalmist has finished his matchup between the fear-filled tragedies of life and the all-powerful Ruler of the Universe.

The earth trembles and the waters surge as the mountains are moved into the seas,
BUT the Lord dwells in an unshakeable city with His people. He doesn’t rely on walls of brick to keep His people safe for He alone is their fortress and Stronghold. (verse 1)

Fear reigns in the world,
BUT the Lord proves victorious by satisfying His people with a river of delight. (verse 4)

The political landscape turns into a mudslide, nations topple, and leaders morally fail,
BUT the Lord God dwells from within His people. He guarantees their safety and secures their victory. Every morning, He humbles Himself to help His people. (verses 5-6)

Psalm 46 paints a stunning portrait contrasting God and His people versus the world and its shaky, madhouse ways of terror and upheaval. (verses 6-7)

Again, the singers hush for “Selah”, before moving to the grand, sweeping invitation,
Come, see the works of the LORD”. (verse 8)

Is it curious to you what the invitation doesn’t entail?
It’s not a campaign slogan for God like,
Come and see how prosperous you will be if you choose God” or
Live in the Almighty’s city so you can be happy”.
It’s not even,
Come and see how wretched those other sinners are who are wrecking the world”

The weightiness of the moment hangs on us, stirring up wonder in us at what this invitation was meant to convey, and we more fully appreciate the “Selah” pause.

We don’t know much about the particular Jewish man who penned these words, but we do know he had discovered a treasured secret.
This Son of Korah understood the real persuasion in keeping our eyes off our tumultuous circumstance and our hearts dwelling in the City of God.
It was to know the Almighty.

Just as we can discern the true character of any human by watching their life choices in different situations over a long period of time, so we can know the Almighty by watching His works.

From the vantage point of the Sons of Korah, the works of the Lord were vast and monumental. It wouldn’t require difficult research to uncover the character of the Lord, history was preserved on scrolls and the hearts of his fellow Jews, not to mention creation around him told its own story of God’s glory. (Romans 1:20)

He parted the Red Sea,
set His people free from slavery,
birthed a nation from a single man’s faith,
and forgave a stubborn and rebellious people again and again and again.
How great were the works of the Lord!

Fast forward to Jesus, God made flesh. He is sitting in the Upper Room with His disciples, hours before being crucified to take the sin of the world upon Himself. His death and resurrection would make the only way for sinners to gain access to the Almighty God by trusting Him for freedom from slavery’s chains of sin.

Listen in to part of Jesus’ prayer as He spoke to the Father on behalf of His followers, “Father, this is eternal life, that they may know You,
the Only True God and the One You have sent, Jesus Christ.”
(John 17:3)

Did you catch the connection to LIFE?
It’s knowing God.

Taking up residency in the City of God as delightfully described by one of Korah’s descendants is assured when we answer the invitation to Come and See the works of the Lord and so know what kind of God He is.

What will we find?

A trustworthy, loving, victorious God who fights on behalf of His people and defeats His enemies. A God whose Name alone should cause us to halt, Selah, and know Him a little bit more right in the middle of our busy, messy everyday lives.

Let’s spend today doing that!

Today's Pause Challenge

1) Read Psalm 46:8-11 a few times through.
Answer these 3 questions in your journal:
a) What do these verses tell me about God and His character?
b) What do these verses tell me about others and the world around me?
c) What is one way you can live differently because of these truths?

2) Close your time by praying for these truths about God’s character and His command to us to take root in your heart. Invite the Holy Spirit to remind you and teach you more about these things today. Be sure to write out any questions you have as you read; send us an email, we’d love to study with you!

3) Start memorizing Psalm 46:8-11 as you review Psalm 46:1-7!

Close by reading Psalm 46 (twice out loud!)
God is our refuge and strength,
a helper who is always found
in times of trouble.
Therefore we will not be afraid,
though the earth trembles
and the mountains topple
into the depths of the seas,
though its water roars and foams
and the mountains quake with its turmoil.
Selah

There is a river—
its streams delight the city of God,
the holy dwelling place of the Most High.
God is within her; she will not be toppled.
God will help her when the morning dawns.
Nations rage, kingdoms topple;
the earth melts when he lifts his voice.
The Lord of Armies is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Selah

Come, see the works of the Lord,
who brings devastation on the earth.
He makes wars cease throughout the earth.
He shatters bows and cuts spears to pieces;
he sets wagons ablaze.
10 “Stop fighting, and know that I am God,
exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”
11 The Lord of Armies is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Selah

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