Psalms 46:1-10; Revelation 19:15-21
November 28, 2020 Sermon Review
Have you ever noticed that one of the most difficult things for a child to do is to sit still? If you don’t believe me, it’s probably because you either don’t have small children, or although you do have children, now that they’re older, you may have forgotten what it was like. There are lots of reasons why kids might have trouble sitting still. Sometimes it’s because they’re worried or anxious about something. Other times, they can be too excited about an event that’s coming up, like a party or a trip to the zoo. It might also be because they’re just simply tired or hungry. Studies have shown though that as children get older, the act of sitting still becomes a lot easier. But I would dare say that by the time they are adults, the challenge with being still just presents itself in more subtle ways, like worrying, being anxious and even having a raised heart rate. You see, as adults, being still has less to do with the lack of outward physical movement and more to do with the inner restlessness of our souls. In today’s message we will look to the Psalms for God’s remedy to this inner challenge of our beings in our message titled, “The Stillness of God.”
- It is important for us as believers to be reminded, as well as to remind others, that during these extremely chaotic and unstable times in our world today, that our only true and reliable source of protection and refuge is from God and God alone. We must never forget the worst that can happen is no cause or alarm for fear because our God is with us. Psalms 46:1-6; 23:1-4; Isaiah 40:28-31; Hebrews 4:9-11
- Although the message of Psalms 46 serves as a reminder to God’s people that He will be their refuge and strength in the midst of the most turbulent of times, it also serves as a reminder to their enemies, that He will defend and ultimately defeat those who make war with his children. Psalms 46:7-10; Deuteronomy 31:1-6; Matthew 8:23-27; Revelation 19:15-21
Sometimes as believers we allow ourselves to become so consumed by our surroundings that it eclipses our trust in God and the promises he has made. We must never be so overcome by the turmoil around us that we forget who our God is and what he has promised to do on behalf of those who remain still as they place their trust in him.
Question for Reflection
What do the Psalmist’s words for us to “be still” mean to you? How have you, as a follower of Christ, been able to remain steadfast and resolute even in the most trying of times?
Quotes of the Week
“Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ‘Tis grace has brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.”- John Newton
“Through all of the brokenness and weariness that wears and tears on the human heart, the love of God keeps us from wreckage. The ship may rock heavy against the tide, but Hallelujah, He remains in control and we remain in Him, protected, directed and whole.” – M. H. Nichols
“Jesus feels for thee; Jesus consoles thee; Jesus will help thee. No monarch in his impregnable fortress is more secure than the cony in his rocky burrow. The Master of ten thousand chariots is not one whit better protected than the little dweller in the mountain’s cleft. In Jesus the weak are strong, and the defenseless safe; they could not be more strong if they were giants, or more safe if they were in heaven. Faith gives to men on earth the protection of the God of heaven. – Charles Spurgeon