Focus Moment – 12/20/18

Please reflect with me on today’s reading in Psalm 46 (ESV):

To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.

God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam,

though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;

God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;

he utters his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,

how he has brought desolations on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

he burns the chariots with fire.

“Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!”

The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

 

Lord, this often used text, should give me peace, knowing that your presence covers me in life, knowing that you reign in all things—including my heart at all times. Yet, in my fallen state, I weakly grasp its potential supernatural effect in every circumstance. Jesus, my Truest Love, please train my heart to be still in this chaotic world. True stillness happens in the midst of the momentary crisis. Real stillness is a stillness of the spirit before you, despite our trials, and hectic lifestyles. Yes, Father, you do meet us in our turmoil. Holy Spirit, we know that you are with us kindling a fire in our hearts throughout the day. Jesus, to be still, is to be with you and experience your living streams as we navigate through our messy lives. Our condition is not worry-free, but it can be managed through dependence on your divine power and your everlasting grace—Jesus you are our Confidence. Father, please be with us during temptations, restlessness, shame, and tears. Dad, please cradle us in your arms and let us hear your voice.

– Devotional By Hugo Henao 

 

Please reflect with me again on today’s reading:

To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.

God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam,

though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;

God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;

he utters his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,

how he has brought desolations on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

he burns the chariots with fire.

“Be still, and know that I am God.

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!”

The Lord of hosts is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

 

I have one question for us to think about.

When was the last time my spirit was quieted enough to experience the presence of God?

 

Closing prayer:

Papa, it can never be in our own strength, where we find immovable resilience, and there are moments where we really can’t find a way to be still in your presence—so we ask that you please give us discerning hearts, and give us a stillness of being so that we can stay the course on this miraculous journey with you on these rivers of life. Help us Jesus. Help us Lord. Help us Holy Spirit to learn stillness before you. Heavenly Shepherd, please preach to our hearts. Oh Sweet and Beautiful Holy One of Israel, please reaffirm our faith, and meet us in our doubts, and in the cloudy seasons of life. Jesus, our Maker, Redeemer, and Sustainer we want to see you here now, though we know that we are blessed already. For you said, “So, you believe because you’ve seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing.” In the Name of our Eternally Glorious and Gracious God, Jesus Christ we pray, amen.

 

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