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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Trusting in the Word of God in Challenging Times- Part 5

Romans 15 is a good example of how a Christian can always have joy, despite his or her struggles. Afterall, God is a god of hope! 

We will turn next to the Psalms. Where we find that we can cry out to God through his word.  Psalms are the inspired Word of God like any other book of the Bible, but these inspired words contain some very "human expressions"- anger, fear, grief, security,  and trust. The Psalms are a way of speaking to God when you you have problems that are so deep that you cannot find the words on your own. 

Psalm 46 

1) Read Psalm 46:1-3  

The word "trouble" from verse 1 can also mean distress or calamity. What does it mean to hear that God is ever-present in every problem? 

Why is it difficult to see God in our struggles? 

The sinful nature and Satan wish to rob us of the truth that God is "ever-present". Our problems often distract us, and pull us away from trusting in God. However, whether we can see, feel, or sense God's presence doesn't change a thing! God is always working for the good of those who love him.  

2) Look again at verses 2 and 3. 

The psalmist is describing the earth giving away, and mountains falling into the sea! It sounds like the end of the world. Why do we have nothing to fear, even if the world were to end? 

3) Read Psalm 46:4-7 

In contrast to all of the chaos, there is one place where there is peace. The City of God is presented as one place that is indestructible. Where is this city? 

This city is where the Word of God has called together the church. Wherever believers are gathered in Christ's name there will be the City of God. Believers will be defended by his might, and protected from destruction.  

This City is also where we will dwell forever, free from sin and death, after Christ's return. (Revelations 21) 

He really is a God of hope! (Romans 15:13) 

** Earlier I stated that i would post a spiritual exercise every week, if you are following this blog you might have noticed that I have not been doing that.

 I repent! Here is the spiritual exercise to help you build your devotional life for this week: 

Psalm 46 Inspired Luther's famous hymn "A Mighty Fortress is Our God". (LSB 656, 657 LW 297, 298) Look up the words to this hymn and thank God for the shelter and protection he provides for us.  

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