What do you turn to for comfort when things go wrong or you’re under pressure?
Food, chocolate, drink, sleep, your bed, a comfy cushion, a favourite chair, a walk, music? We all have places of refuge. I wonder what yours is? Many babies and young children have a comfort blanket (even Charlie Brown had one!) or a comforting thumb or finger to suck.
I have written before about how helpful I found the psalms were, when I was in hospital for many weeks.
I find Psalm 46 both reassuring and challenging. It doesn’t pretend that life is easy with no hardship. It talks about chaos and troublesome times with the world crumbling all around. In our lives we all have times when things go wrong and we’ve been experiencing that with the present pandemic.
Verse 1 points to God as our refuge and strength. When these inevitable times of trouble occur we can be assured that God is with us – an ever present help in trouble.
I don’t know about you but I don’t always “feel” God’s presence when troubles come. I don’t always find it easy to turn to God. I am sometimes too preoccupied with the problem. Someone once said that faith was holding your hand out in the dark and knowing it to be held”
Verse 10 encourages us to be still and know that he is God.
I have often used a meditation that begins with quietly saying the whole verse. You may know it.
Be still and know that I am God and subsequently each time you say it, gently and with time, leave off a word