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Psalm 46:1-3

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
Read More Of His Words

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”.

So what?

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.

Korah.
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)

But God.
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!

Today's Pause Challenge

1) Read Psalm 46 all the way through! Soak in #HisWordsBeforeOurs

2)
 Be a scribe and copy the words of Scripture down. Make space in your journal to write down every word from Psalm 46:1-3. As you copy, look up a cross reference or two as you come to them (they are the small letters next to certain words in your study Bible or online at biblia.com)  As you write, think of your own legacy and offer up your broken places to the God who redeems!

3) Choose one of these options and go deeper into biblical community! 
            a) 
Take a photo of your journal time this week and share it, or share a quote.
            b) Do a Facebook Live on the GT community and share how God has been working in you.
            c) Leave a comment HERE about today’s Pause.
            d) Plan a coffee or lunch date with a friend and share what you’ve been learning and soaking in as you have hit Pause.
            e) Write a note of encouragement to a sister who has been through the nitty-gritty of real life with you. Let her know how deeply she has impacted your walk with Christ.

4) Meditate on and practice your memorization of Psalm 46:1-3 while reflecting on the strong refuge of the Almighty and His heart of love toward YOU!

5) Over the next 11 days, explore the redeemed legacy of Korah by reading the 11 psalms attributed to his offspring and surrendering your legacy to Jesus!
Psalm 42
Psalm 44
Psalm 45
Psalm 46
Psalm 47
Psalm 48
Psalm 49
Psalm 84
Psalm 85
Psalm 87
Psalm 88

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