Read Psalm 46:6-11. 6The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 8Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. 9He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. 10“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 11The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Twice this refrain is repeated – the Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. The hosts of heaven are God’s angel armies protecting us as the nations rage against the Son and his beloved (see Psalm 2). We, the Church, are his new Jacob, the undeserving recipients of his mercy in the apocalyptic conquest of King Jesus. The same word of God that once made the earth will now melt it. Yes, peace will come, wars will cease, and Christ will be exalted, but only on the other side of desolation and destruction.
Which side of this story will you find yourself on? Will you rage or be still?
Stillness is our only proper response to Christ. Beholding is our sole responsibility. He will do the raging. He will break, shatter, and burn. Not us. And not yet. So we wait in stillness while exalting Jesus, allowing the future peace of Christ to be our present help as we rest in the fortress of God’s salvation.
To live is Christ is to be still and adore him. No fretting. No Bargaining. No boasting. No raging. Just knowing God as God, and God as Christ.
Prayer. Jesus, keep showing me who you are until I am still. Amen.
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