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Psalm 46:2-3

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
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As you’ve stepped into the messy, but redeemed legacy of Korah and listened to the lyrics of his legacy….

As you’ve become more aware of the safe Stronghold of Christ and His enduring, rescuing, shielding love intended for you…

As you’ve slowed to sit in the middle of the glorious gospel that frees us to dance, despite our painful why questions…

As you’ve been summoned into deeper waters to Pause with the Almighty every single day and sit in His astounding, breathtaking Presence…

Have the circumstances of your life begun to fade in such glorious, radiant love?
Has your worship begun to sing louder than your fears and the salty tears begun to dry on your cheeks?
Have the rays of Hope begun to peek through the dark curtains of doubt, anxiety, and distress?

This is the common experience for Christ-followers as we turn to God, hiding ourselves in His refuge, choosing by faith to trust His good heart as revealed in Scripture for us.

Is that not absolutely astounding?!

The more we read His Word, trust what it says to be true, and put our full weight upon the Almighty God, the impossible becomes possible, and circumstances fade as worship takes center stage in our hearts. Fear’s grip loosens, peace floods, and Hope’s roots dig deeper, anchoring our hearts.

Anchoring is what comes to mind for me as I read Psalm 46.
The lyrics begin with rock solid truth about what is known about God.
This leads to a stalwart statement of faith screaming into the winds of both tragedy and monotony, “Therefore, we will not fear!”.

Faith is anchored in God alone, and from it, Hope deepens.

This truth came to light with even more brilliance hundreds of years later when Christ came, fulfilling prophecies, putting a literal face to the Unseen Yahweh, and depositing the Spirit of the Living God within believers. Having suffered much for Jesus, Paul penned profound words that rang with the truths of Psalm 46.

We have also obtained access through Him (Jesus Christ) by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we boast in the hope of the glory of God.”
(Romans 5:2)

Anchored through what is known about being found safe within the Stronghold of Christ through faith because of His grace to forgive our many sins. Hope is ours for the possessing.

And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions,
because we know that affliction produces endurance,
endurance produces proven character, 
and proven character produces hope.”
(Romans 5:3-4)

We cast a glance at our afflictions, knowing the pain runs oh so deep.
According to the Sons of Korah, the intensity of our circumstances are likened to earthquakes, crashing mountains, tsunami waves, and volcanic eruptions. (Psalm 46:2-3)

But we look through our afflictions to see our anchor holds fast. Under the careful, loving hand of the Almighty, even heartache is handled by the Healer and Hope emerges all the stronger.

This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
(Romans 5:5)
 
A little read Old Testament prophet who distributed Hope like his people would die without it, because they were, quoted the Lord of Armies,

Old men and women will again sit along the streets of Jerusalem, each with a staff in hand because of advanced age. The streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in them.”

The Lord of Armies says this:
“Though it may seem impossible to the remnant of this people in those days,
should it also seem impossible to Me?”
—this is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.”

(Zechariah 8:4-6)
 
The God who anchored the Sons of Korah, the nearly decimated Jews, and Paul the persecuted pastor in the midst of life’s tsunamis, holds out Hope to you and me.

We can trust it, Sisters.
We can allow its tendrils to make our eyes light up, our tears dry, and our voices swell with worship, for the Lord of Angel Armies is our God!

Today's Pause Challenge

1) Read through Psalm 46:1-3 out loud today twice. Slowly. Linger over the words that stick out to you, slowing, repeating, and listening as God’s Spirit speaks to your heart! Choose a phrase or two to write on notecards and post them around your house. Post a picture of your reminder cards on Instagram or on our Facebook Community Page.

2) We are so excited to share our Spotify playlist for Pause VII Week One! We created it as we prayed over *you*. Put this playlist on repeat this weekend and be reminded of the rich truths God has shown you this week in Pause VII!

3) Continue to memorize Psalm 46; how far can you go after just one week?!

Close by reading Psalm 46 (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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Pause VII, Day 4

To be human is to wrestle with our perception of an unfair suffering wherein we repeatedly ask, “Why?”. We ply our prayers with those three letters as tears stream and fists curl.

Some of the deepest sufferings known to humanity are pocked with those three letters as we desperately seek an answer to justify the jagged edges of our grief made manifest in guttural cries.

We aren’t alone in this.

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