I read Psalm 46 recently, and it was a helpful reminder to me. I penned the following prayer reflecting on the psalm.
Ruling, reigning, sovereign Father: Psalm 46 is such a helpful reminder this morning that you are God. As I write this, a vicious winter storm has wreaked havoc on Texas. The COVID-19 pandemic rages on. We have had some of the most tumultuous times politically and culturally in generations. Our country and world feels on the brink of chaos, war, and unrepairable conflict and strife. Everything feels on the verge of collapsing around me.
Yet you are on your throne. None of these things, people, events, can dethrone you. You will be exalted among the nations. You will make all wars cease. You melt the earth. Nothing can dethrone you.
You cannot be canceled. You cannot be silenced. You cannot be stopped. You are God–You reign and your Kingdom is forever.
There has been a fear and hopelessness that has been gripping my heart, especially as I look at the year we have been living through as a nation and world. Oh how I need Psalm 46 this morning, this week, this year–all the time! Sink these truths deep into my being. It is so easy to forget what is ultimately true–and when I am more focused on the chaos of our world than the certainty of your Kingdom, there is restlessness, angst, fear, and hopelessness. But your call to me today is to be still, and know that You are God. You will be exalted in all the earth, and every knee will bow.
As I seek to live faithfully, I am also reminded from Psa. 46 that:
- You are our refuge
- You are our strength
- You are present, continually, as our help
- You are in our midst
- You are our fortress
Therefore, we do not have to fear. I do not have to fear. Amen.