One of the goals in our Pause Journey Themes is to slow down long enough to notice, through the teaching of the Holy Spirit, what we haven’t seen before in God’s Word. Be curious as you read Psalm 46 today! What depths does the Spirit have in store for you as you linger over #HisWordsBeforeOurs?
Today, we’re exploring the backstory of Psalm 46 through the legacy of a man named Korah. At the top of a Psalm, most Bibles will list the author if known. Under Psalm 46, it notes, “For the choir director. A song of the sons of Korah. According to Alamoth”.
Well, Korah was a man who lacked humility and lived with a strong sense of entitlement. Mention Korah’s name to anyone in the Jewish community, even generations after his life, and dramatic images came to mind along with a healthy fear of God for He alone is Just and Worthy.
I don’t have enough space to tell all of Korah’s story, but it’s important (and interesting!), so take some extra time today to read it in Numbers 16. Wouldn’t you enjoy knowing that someone generations removed from you, wanted to look up your story and know more about you? Go read about Korah, because God preserved his story on purpose, just as much as He has given you your story on purpose.
In brief, Korah pressed hard against Moses and Aaron as God’s ordained leaders. He didn’t like his assigned task in life and the Jewish community. He was caught up in comparison, which soon led to jealousy, which, like any stronghold (see yesterday’s Pause), bound him even tighter to sin that led to blatant, public rebellion against Moses, Aaron, and ultimately, God.
His sinful arrogance earned him a public, dramatic death.
The Lord sent an earthquake so violent it actually swallowed Korah and 250 others whom Korah had also led to rebel against God.
A man who would be known for the rest of time itself as the man who dared speak against God and loathe his distinct call and purpose in life from the Almighty.
So how in the world could the Lord, the God of all justice, allow His very Words to be sung on the lips of those associated by bloodlines to the man who, in essence, spit in God’s face?
With tears, friends, one word, “GRACE”.
I give you, God’s Word:
“When they contended against the Lord and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up together with Korah, when that company died, when the fire devoured 250 men, and they became a warning. But the sons of Korah did not die.” (Numbers 26:9-11, emphasis mine)
Grace given through undeserved, merciful preservation, not only of life, but of legacy.
Here in the bloodline of the man who made a name for himself against God, that same God who was mocked, gracefully gave the opportunity for a different kind of legacy.
One that worshipped Him instead of reviled Him.
Take a deep breath, Sister; can you see your story here?
I don’t know your backstory. Maybe you came from a rich spiritual heritage and you walk in their ways, having made Jesus your own personal Savior. Maybe your history is profuse with wreckage as those who came before you lived rebelliously against God.
Either way, the truth? (and we are all about truth and grace here )
Each and every one of us is a “Korah” at heart, for we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. (Romans 3:23) We each deserve death as a result of our love affair with sin and self, which includes the same pride, arrogance, and entitlement that marked Korah’s life. (Romans 6:23)
The same One who preserved a wicked man’s sons and drew them close to Him despite their past, offers the same to us every single day.
So, come close to this God, Sisters.
Pause, and sit in His Presence, choosing Him as your Strong Refuge and Great Redeemer!
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