Read: Psalm 46:1-3; Isaiah 33:16; Jeremiah 16:19
The word for refuge in Hebrew is makh-seh, referring to the type of shelter sought by the nomadic herdsman in a powerful storm. When the storm hits with gale force, a tent offers no shelter. Therefore, herdsmen knew the nearest caves and rocks that provided protection. God is our makh-seh, close by, abundantly available in times of trouble.
Think About It: What storms are raging in my life right now? Do I believe that God is abundantly available to help me?
Prayer: Thank God for His power, and seek His protection from the specific storms that assail me.
Read: Psalm 46:4-7; Ezekiel 47:1 – 12
Cities in ancient times were taken by siege. Survival depended on stores of food and even more importantly on a supply of fresh water. God is like a river running through a city besieged.
Think About It: What “besieges” me as a Christian? How is God supplying me with refreshment and protection against the attacks of the enemy?
Prayer: Thank God for being a source of refreshment and life. Thank God for religious freedom.
Read: Psalm 46 in the King James Version; Matthew 13:44; Luke 10:21; Colossians 1:26, 2:3
Look at Psalm 46 in a King James Version of the Bible, and count 46 words from the beginning. Now count 46 words from the end, not counting “Selah.” In 1609 Shakespeare’s friends who worked on the translation of the King James Bible may have presented this psalm to him as a 46th birthday present! While no one has hidden our names in any translation of the Bible, God has “hidden” many precious truths and promises in His word for us to search out.
Think About It: What is my favorite promise of God for today?
Prayer: Thank God for His special promises to me.
Read: Psalm 46:8-9; Hosea 2:18; Micah 4:3; Ephesians 6:16; 1 Peter 5:8
God protects His people, and He goes into the enemy camp and destroys the weapons of the enemy.
Think About It: What are some of the weapons of our enemy, Satan? How does God destroy those weapons?
Prayer: Pray for awareness of the dangers of Satan’s weapons and greater dependence on God’s protection from Satan’s attacks.
Read: Psalm 46:10-11
“Cease striving and know that I am God” implies a conflict between our striving to be in control and the recognition that God is in control. God demands that we know that He is God– powerful, able to deliver us, completely in control.
Think About It: What am I struggling with in my life? Of what do I need to “let go” in order to realize the promise implicit in Psalm 46:10?
Prayer: Give my struggle to God.
Read: Psalm 46:10; Habakkuk 2:20; Zechariah 2:13
“Cease striving” can be translated variously, “be still” or “let go.” Being still before God is a difficult discipline, but very necessary: only in our silence can we hear His voice.
Think About It: Be quiet. Listen for God. Then reflect: what did I hear or feel?
Prayer: Have a time of silence; listen to God.
Read: Psalm 46:10; Isaiah 37:16, 20; Ezekiel 36:23
God says “I will be exalted.” God will always find those who are willing to praise Him. Our greatest privilege is to be used by God to cause others to glorify Him.
Think About It: Is God the greatest thing in my life? Do I get more excited about God than about anything else? Is God source of my greatest joy?
Prayer: For God to be my greatest joy.