STOP, BE STILL, LISTEN!

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty
 
There’s something happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear
There’s a man with a gun over there
Telling me I got to beware
 
I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
 
There’s battle lines being drawn
Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong
Young people speaking their minds
Getting so much resistance from behind
 
It’s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
 
What a field-day for the heat
A thousand people in the street
Singing songs and carrying signs
Mostly say, hooray for our side
 
It’s s time we stop, hey, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down…..
 
Psalm 46 people power
This song of protest in the early 1960’s, along with other songs of the era brought a new way of thinking to our society. As much as we hate to admit it, society has affected the church more than the church has affected society over the past few decades. That new way of thinking was all about self. “I want to be totally free!” was the battle cry of those who wanted to justify the sin of degrading and destroying their bodies with drugs and alcohol. This way of life proclaimed free love (sex, actually) for all which included the freedom to kill a human as a result of this “freedom”. Because self to a front seat, God was pushed back until He was not even considered as the source of their very own lives. I lived through that era. I have lived long enough to see the results of living for self alone. Self…who do we think we are?
 
We now have politicians who will say and do anything to get you to vote for them. It is not about building each other up as a county, state or nation, it is about destroying the opponent until you can get what you want. What you want is power. Self…what do we want?
 
We have older “boomers” (my age and older) who are still trying to live in the era of self and are now wasted, wrinkly, half baked versions of their teen selves. Some now want a little bit of Jesus, but not the messy church that loves Him and wants to learn more about Him. Some want God to “fix” what is wrong without listening to what He says is best and right for them. Selfish thinking judges and criticizes everyone and every detail of others lives. Self comes into God’s church and tries to gain power over others with demands and manipulations of minds of those who are seeking Jesus. Self…it’s still gets in the way.
 
We are all afflicted with self and attracted to self run lives. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” says Paul to the church. Yes, now I’m getting personal. We ask God what HE wants for us, then have selective hearing in what He has to say to us. We pick verses from scripture that makes us feel good at the moment and post it on social media for others to feel good, too, without reading the whole message of what God is trying to tell us. Self…picking out only what we want.
 
Our next prayer-psalm is praise to the God of all who created us, loves us, died for us, redeemed us, protects us, provides for us so that we may stand fearless, not in our self made power, but by GOD’s power within us. This is REVOLUTIONARY thinking that turns societal thinking upside down!
 
Psalm 46, The Message
A Song of the Sons of Korah
 
Psalm 46 help1-3 God is a safe place to hide,
ready to help when we need him.
We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom,
courageous in sea storm and earthquake,
Before the rush and roar of oceans,
the tremors that shift mountains.
 
Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,
God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.
 
4-6 River fountains splash joy, cooling God’s city,
this sacred haunt of the Most High.
God lives here, the streets are safe,
God at your service from crack of dawn.
Godless nations rant and rave, kings and kingdoms

Psalm 46 4

 threaten,
but Earth does anything he says.
 
7 Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,
God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.
 
8-10 Attention, all! See the marvels of God!
He plants flowers and trees all over the earth,
Bans war from pole to pole,
breaks all the weapons across his knee.
 
Psalm 46 10“Step out of the traffic! Take a long,
loving look at me, your High God,
above politics, above everything.”
 
11 Jacob-wrestling God fights for us,
God-of-Angel-Armies protects us.
 
SOMETHING TO CHEW…
 
The emphasis in this psalm is on the presence of the Lord with His people (vv. 1, 5, 7, 11) and the difference it makes when we trust Him in the changes and difficulties of life. The psalm focuses on the Lord and what He is to His trusting people.
 
HEART CHECK:
 
God gave us the right to choose life with Him or without Him. We can choose to live life OUR way. But know this, our enemy, Satan, is thrilled when we choose self and self gratification! He claims victory when we choose to go our own way. He is salivating, licking his chops, ready to devour us when we stray from God who protects us and is our strength. He knows we are weak when we are defiantly trying to do life by ourselves. Is that how we choose to live? Since the fall of Adam and Eve, self became a choice. We can live our way or God’s way. Our way leads to death. God’s way, through the redemption work of Jesus Christ, His Son, leads to life eternal with God. In the meantime we live life here with God as our Protector!
 
Psalm 46 let goSTOP, look at what’s really going down..
 
“Step out of the traffic! Take a long,
loving look at me, your High God,
above politics, above everything.”
 
Stop and take all the time you need to take a long, loving look at God, our Father. Let go of self. May we lay all of who we are at the feet of Jesus. Rise victorious because of Christ in us. Right now. Today.
 
God is saying to us…
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know.
Be still.
Be.
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
I’m looking up to You, to see You for all You are and I am overwhelmed by You. You are truly all I want, all I need. I want to always be where You are. Thank you for saving my soul. Thank you for the peace and joy, protection and love you provide for all of us who seek you every day. Thank you for Holy Presence in our lives. Thank you for teaching me and continuing to knock off the rough edges from me. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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