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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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!
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