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Psalm 46

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
Read More Of His Words

We’ve come to the end of our Pause Study in Psalm 46. Hopefully, its rhythms and truths have begun to burrow deep in your soul. Come back to this psalm as you review your memorization work in the weeks ahead and as you read regularly through the psalms (a great inclusion to your everyday quiet time with God!).
May the Lord grow much fruit from your time spent here with Him!

We’ve studied the history, looked at cross-references, viewed these words through the lens of the gospel, researched other passages in Scripture both Old and New Testaments, and we’ve come to know God better. Rich treasures indeed!

Today, we’re closing with deep prayer modeled after the Spirit-inspired format the Sons of Korah left for us centuries ago. This will take a little extra time, so we’d like to invite you to plan ahead and plot some extra time with the Lord for this. Ask a friend to watch your kids, go to a coffee shop, block off space in your work calendar and mark it “busy”, or make the commitment to wake up early on your Saturday morning. Do whatever you need to spend this time with the Lord, then follow through!

Trust me on this one, Sister, it will mark your heart in deep ways. The Lord will be faithful to come near to you as you come near to Him if you come with a heart of humble surrender. (James 4:7-10)

You will need your Bible, a journal, pen, and a quiet space. Bonus if you can be outside in His creation, or at least position yourself by a window.

Enter with prayer, asking the Lord to show you His glory as you meet with Him. (Exodus 33:18-19)

Open to Psalm 46 and read one phrase as a prayer, then keep repeating His Words until you have your own words to pray back to God about your life.

Here’s mine from the first phrase to give you an idea:

His Words (repeat in prayer): God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
My Words (written in my journal): “Lord God, I praise You for being MY refuge and strength. I confess I don’t always feel you are a very present help, but how I praise You that You ARE! Steadfast. Faithful. Constant. Never Abandoning. You are my praise, Lord! Thank you for being my refuge today when I felt overwhelmed, I could sense Your nearness. Thank you for sending me encouragement through my friend’s messages; I know You saw my need for comfort and Your Spirit prodded her to reach out to me. I see Your goodness in that kind act, Father; thank You! I praise You for being my Strength today and this week. I have been weak, worn, exhausted, and at the end of myself. I confess how I have been sharp with words and distant with people. I have felt overwhelmed and wanted to blame others for my struggles. But You still graciously provided! You gave me stamina when I had little sleep. You gave me good food and coffee when I needed it. I praise You, O Lord, for being my refuge and strength this week, for never leaving me alone in my trouble. You are worthy of my praise!

When you come to “Selah” following verses 3 and 7, close your journal and Bible and move your body. Go for a walk (outside is preferable!), fold some laundry, move up and down a few flights of stairs, or listen to a worship song. A “Selah” pause isn’t confined to sitting still!

Come back to your Bible and journal with a fresh mind, ready to let the Spirit speak to you again. Phrase by phrase, pray His Words back to Him and allow them to guide you in bringing your full self, confessions, griefs, and joys to the Almighty Father.

When you finish, my guess is you will want to schedule another date like this soon! The goodness of the Lord is sweet and refreshing; it’s deep and renewing like nothing else! So, make the date, open your Bible, speak with the Lord and learn to hear His voice in ever deepening ways as you truly understand what it means to “Be still and know” Him as our God!

Today's Pause Challenge

1) As you Pause today, on our final day of studying deeply together, begin with prayer and your Bible open to Psalm 46. As you pray, consider kneeling if you’re able and opening your palms upward, open flat to symbolically both give yourself wholly to the Lord and receive what He has for you with eager anticipation.

2) Here is our last hand-crafted Spotify playlist for Pause VII!
Put this playlist on repeat this weekend and be reminded of the rich truths God has shown you this week in Pause VII! Sing your refrain of God’s kind Stronghold and kind warnings to turn from evil, cease your warring, and know Him as your God!

3)
How is your memorization going for Psalm 46?! Whether you memorized one verse or all 11, celebrate the intentional work of keeping Christ as your anchor by holding tight to His Word. Keep practicing! The Spirit will be faithful to use His Word to bring you closer to Him!

Close by reading Psalm 46
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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Lois
15 days ago

Such deep encouragement . Thank you for sharing

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