We are continuing our study of the Psalms. We will stay in the Psalms through next week, then we will move on to another topic of our study.
1) Read Psalm 46 again.
Look at verses 4 and 5. The first part of the psalm is chaos. Then we read about a peaceful river that feeds the City of God. This city is Zion- the holy city. Where is this Holy City?
The Holy City is the church! God dwells with believers, wherever they are, and makes them into a Holy City. While there is no guarantee that we will not suffer loss and trials; we know that the church on earth will never see total destruction.
Where else is the City of God?
Another way to to understand the City of God is to see it as the new heavens and the new earth that will restore creation after Christ's return.
We understand that through faith, and the means of grace we can live in Zion- the City of God now, but we will dwell there in its full form in eternity.
2) Look at verses 9-11
God will bring an end to war. What do you think it will be like to live in a peaceful world?
Through Christ, we can at least have peace with God. Conflict between our family and friends might continue. Wars will still be fought between nations, for now. Yet we have peace with God, and we can rest securely in his hands until Christ returns to bring an end to violence and strife.
Spiritual exercise- pray Psalm 16 at least once over the next few days, and think of ways that God gives us all good things.