Psalm 46 Part 4
Now we come to this section of Psalm 46, verses 8 -9 which have a powerful message and flow with the ongoing truth of the Psalm. Psalm 46 has so much truth to reflect on and I am reminded how easy it is to read God’s word but do not take the time to allow its truth to impact our spirit and be strengthened by it. Verse 8 says: “Come, and behold the works of our Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth”. NLT “Come, see the glorious works of the Lord, see how He brings destruction upon the earth”. This verse reminds us that it is our responsibility to see what God is doing in our lives. At times it is so easy just to exist in this fast-changing world. There is a perceived pressure from the world which if unchecked can overtake us. The last two years are a good example of this with the media continually promoting fear and hopelessness. There is a danger that we as Christians can fall into the trap and become overcome by it. This is where a strong choice is needed not to allow the pressure of the world to overcome us. The psalmist gives good advice for us on what to focus on, “Come and see” is very important because we have complete power over what we see. A good example of this is for many years I would as much time as I could watching the news bulletins – because of the fake news and biased reporting, I keep my news watching to a minimum because I do not want to expose myself to fear. The psalmist is very clear of what to look at “The glorious works of the Lord”. There is an old song that says: “Count your blessings, name the one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done”. Unfortunately, there is a danger that we can take the goodness of God for granted. As I look back over my lifetime there is so much I could say, how I got my first job, how I met my wife, etc I could go on and on because my life has been full on the goodness of God. I have been so blessed the last 8 years since the love of my life went to heaven. We cannot spend too much time reflecting on the goodness of God in our lives. Verse 9 says: “He makes wars to cease, He breaks the bow, and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire”. The bible is very clear that on the last day’s disasters will occur and we need to remind ourselves that God is in control and the time of His return is getting closer. As we look at these verses we take great comfort in the fact that God created the heavens and the earth and that we are His creation. We do not have to fear what is happening around the world because we know that God is in control and we should rejoice in His greatness because He has forewarned us of the calamities that are appearing on the earth. I am so glad that my life is hidden in Him and we always see the goodness of God.