Summer in the Psalms

Read: Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas, though its water roars and foams and the mountains quake with its turmoil. Selah There is a river— its streams delight the city of God, the holy dwelling place of the Most High. God is within her; she will not be toppled. God will help her when the morning dawns. Nations rage, kingdoms topple; the earth melts when he lifts his voice. The Lord of Armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah Come, see the works of the Lord, who brings devastation on the earth. He makes wars cease throughout the earth. He shatters bows and cuts spears to pieces; he sets wagons ablaze. 10 “Stop fighting, and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.” 11 The Lord of Armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah

Transformation Questions: 

  • If God is sovereign, why do we still deal with natural disasters?
  • How is God our refuge even in the midst of natural disasters?
  • Psalm 46 is eschatological in nature and is talking about the natural disasters that will come before Christ returns. How does Christ’s impending return change how we view natural disasters?
  • How do the tremors of sin not just affect the natural world, but the nations of the world?
  • What societal troubles do we need refuge from?
  • How do we balance finding refuge in God in the midst of troubles but also making sure we are intentional about being salt and light in our broken world?
  • Another way to translate verse 10 is “cease striving” and know that I am God. What are some things that we do in our strength that are acts of “striving” in this world?
  • What are some positive things we can do to “be still” and know that He is God?
  • How, ultimately, will God be exalted among the nations?
  • What does it mean to you that God is your stronghold? How can you remind yourself of this truth in difficult scenarios?
  • How is the gospel a picture of finding refuge from God’s justice and wrath?