S (Scripture): Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength,
a help always near in times of great trouble.
That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart,
when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea,
when its waters roar and rage,
when the mountains shake because of its surging waves. Selah
There is a river whose streams gladden God’s city,
the holiest dwelling of the Most High.
God is in that city. It will never crumble.
God will help it when morning dawns.
Nations roar; kingdoms crumble.
God utters his voice; the earth melts.
The Lord of heavenly forces is with us!
The God of Jacob is our place of safety.
O (Observation): The psalmist seeks to God to be that stronghold against which nothing can prevail: not storms, not evil forces…nothing. Instead, God is thought of as the One to whom all things submit.
A (Application): If we are being real, we must admit that life decays and buildings will tumble. But the “house” / “fortress” of the Lord is not just a physical building…but is all of God’s people: the Church!
This is but one interpretation, but one that seeks God as our place of safety, but brick and mortar or steel.
What in our life can shake us? Lots. But who will keep us steadfast? Who will keep us when we falter? God!
P (Prayer): Lord, keep us steadfast in you. Help us to continue to abide in you! Amen.