War and peace - Day 3
- Psalms 46:1-11
God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken and mountains fall into the ocean depths; even if the seas roar and rage, and the hills are shaken by the violence. There is a river that brings joy to the city of God, to the sacred house of the Most High. God is in that city, and it will never be destroyed; at early dawn he will come to its aid. Nations are terrified, kingdoms are shaken; God thunders, and the earth dissolves. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Come and see what the LORD has done. See what amazing things he has done on earth. He stops wars all over the world; he breaks bows, destroys spears, and sets shields on fire. “Stop fighting,” he says, “and know that I am God, supreme among the nations, supreme over the world.”
The writer of Psalm 46 zooms out. Just like in the psalms we read yesterday and the day before, this psalm is also about God as our protector. But the images that Psalm 46 uses are grand: the earth is shaken, mountains fall into the sea, kingdoms collapse.
During war, people may experience that the earth shakes and everything can collapse. It is not only the soldiers who experience this, but also ordinary citizens. But God is above it, says the psalmist, and when he speaks, everyone listens. Whatever happens, God’s end goal is clear: eventually the battle ends. Only God has the power to make that happen. He will bring an end to all wars, he will bring peace and protection to all.
God says through the psalmist that he is “supreme among the nations, supreme over the world” (Good News Translation).
How do you experience God’s power yourself and what do you notice about it in this time?