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Psalm 46:10-11

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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There’s something powerful about a song, isn’t there?
Think about the ones you’ve listened to recently, the ones that seem to get to your heart the quickest.

Yesterday, while working, Ellie Holcomb started singing in my ear about lullabies she’d sung before her baby was born and how her heart had never stopped singing no matter how old her baby grew or how far from home she roamed. (Mine by Ellie Holcomb) I went from composed and efficient to scrolling old photos of my babies while tears gathered. I ended up sending a text to my little girl, now two decades removed from the days of lullabies, reminding her of my love for her.

The power of a song was intentionally handcrafted by the Author of music because He knew it would be a potent method for ministering truth to our needy hearts. He knew we would need refrains to ring in our hearts to bind us to back to Him and motivate us to action, which is precisely why such a large number of psalms have repeated refrains within them.

The strongest example of this is found in Psalm 136. It’s beautiful! I won’t unpack it here but go read it later. Soak in the repeated refrains for they were meant to totally saturate your soul!

Have you already spotted the repeated refrain in Psalm 46?

It was first sung following the reality statement around current events. Nothing appears stable or trustworthy politically or culturally. The songwriter anchors our hearts with the refrain he would later repeat in hopes we wouldn’t forget it when times were tumultuous.

The LORD of Hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
(verse 7)

Go ahead and repeat it now out loud or in your mind. The more say it, the more rhythmic it becomes as you notice the similarity of sounds while emphasizing different syllables.

Next, it’s repeated following the Lord’s command to “Be still and know” Him for He alone is the Victorious God who will make all wars cease, who holds all power and dominion, and whose fame and glory will be known throughout the earth. He Rules.

The LORD of Hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
(verse 11)

The nation of Israel preserved their history, and these songs, on scrolls, but the work was tedious and most couldn’t read it nor had access to the scrolls, so it was passed down orally. Mothers sang over their children, papas repeated refrains while sowing seed with sons or slaves. These refrains were sewn into their hearts meant as anchors to tie them to truth so that when the “mountains were moved to the heart of the sea”, they would remember,
The LORD of Hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
(verse 7)

As you meditate on the refrain of Psalm 46 and its implications for you today, remember the Author of the Song who longs to pull you closer to Him through His songs of deliverance! (Psalm 32:7)

Today's Pause Challenge

1) Be a scribe and copy the precious words of Scripture down word for word. Make space in your journal to write out Psalm 46:10-11 twice. We all need a refrain to sing in our day, and the Lord has truth to sing over you!

2)Lookup these cross-references from verse 10 and journal your fresh insights.
“Be Still” – Exodus 14:13, “I will be exalted” – Isaiah 2:11, 17, Isaiah 33:10 How do these two ideas connect with each other? How might they impact you today?

3)
Keep working on memorizing Psalm 46:8-11 as you review Psalm 46:1-7!

Close by reading Psalm 46
(as a prayer of praise to God for Who He has shown Himself to be!)
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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Brenda
Brenda
16 days ago

Love this! Music speaks especially when it is Scripture…Music speaks to the soul while we hear the Word in our minds, out of our lips, and back into our hearts!

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Stop.
Stop forgetting who our God is. Stop pausing our awe of Him. He is worthy of our ceasing so we will stand in reverential awe of Him.

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After we stop, we know. We give God His rightful place as the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe for whom nothing is impossible. (Luke 1:37) It’s when we stop, standing still in the presence of our wonderful God, we enter into knowing that He is able.

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