April 20, 2008

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Ok...I know you are singing it now..."a bulwark never failing..." Martin Luther wrote the unbelievable words to this beautiful hymn. I can barely sing this song without tears building in my eyes because of what it says about my great, big GOD.

Well we had pick your own hymn tonight at our church. After we sang this song our pastor read to us Psalm 46, the psalm that Martin Luther based A Mighty Fortress upon. Pastor Todd read,

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

That is our very present, not absent, not distant God. He continued to read..

"Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride."

No matter what happens, if the mountains in Germany that Martin Lutherwere to fall into the Altantic Ocean, we should still not fear. He continued to read...

"There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy dwelling places of the most High.
God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Come, behold the works of the LORD,
who has wrought desolations in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire."
And then here is the great part...
"Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold."

Our God tells His people to cease striving...cease means to stop in case you didn't know . So as we begin this week, let's cease striving and behold the works of the Lord. Let's cease striving when the mountains in our life fall into the ocean and know that He is God. This reminds me of a song and I don't know where it came from but my mom used to sing it to us:

"Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am God"

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