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Sunday, September 22, 2013

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The psalmist sings of Israel’s confidence in God. A song upon Alamoth, a stringed instrument.


Throughout history, throughout the world, great cities have grown up on the banks of great rivers. People need abundant water to thrive. Although Jerusalem had only a spring to supply its water, Ezekiel saw a powerful river flowing out God’s Temple (Eze. 47:1-12). “There is a river”— sings the psalmist. As Jesus proclaimed at the feast of Tabernacles, He was Himself that River, able to satisfy all who thirst (John 7:37-38).


Around us people may be terrified by hurricanes and floods, earthquakes and tidal waves. God is with us even in natural upheavals. The international news is dominated by threats of about-to-erupt political upheavals while war shatters nations around the globe. God is still above all the turmoil and is still in control. He asserts His authority over warring nations.  “Be still,” He tells us, “and know that I am a God.” There is no other refuge, but He is enough.

 

Prayer: Father, in chaos and insecurity, give me peace. In a world troubled by natural disasters, wars, or terrorists, my soul can feel safe in You.  Let me hear the echo of Jesus when He spoke to the storm on Galilee: “Peace. Be still.” Amen.




Helen Pyke
Retired Professor
Southern Adventist University