Daily Worship

Be still

Amanda MacQuarrie December 07, 2022 0 1
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Psalm 46 (NRSVA)

1 God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3 though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble with its tumult.Selah

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
    God will help it when the morning dawns.
6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord;
    see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
10 ‘Be still, and know that I am God!
    I am exalted among the nations,
    I am exalted in the earth.’
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Stillness is hard. It takes getting used to.

Often we want to be God of our own lives and we busy ourselves making our lives right… controlling our time, the people in our lives and how we feel so that everything works out just the way that we think that it should…

And yet…

It still doesn’t bring lasting peace… does it?

We’re still striving, still trying, and still worrying if this it, and we’re getting it right…

When will I realise that it’s only when I stop fighting and hand the controls over to God that I’ll find peace?

Perhaps in your moment of stillness today you might ask God to help you see all of the ways that God is at work in your life today…

And to remind you that you are enough, just as you are and that even if you were the only person in the world God would still have taken on skin and bone and died for you… because God thinks that you are worth it…

 

PRAYER:

 

In the stillness….

Still me.

In this moment of quiet…

Quieten me.

That I may hear your whisper of love over me,

And that I again,

Open my hands and release to you

All that I am clinging on to …

    The burdens I carry

    The hurts I hide

    The disappointments that weigh me down…

Maybe I can’t trust me, or some of the people around me…

But when chaos rises…

In whatever shape or form…

Help me to remember

That you are my rock and I can trust you

And find my peace there.

Amen.