LeRoy Eims on the importance of Scripture memory: "I think two of the master strokes of the devil have been to convince people he doesn't exist, and that Scripture memory is only for children. He remembers the humility of defeat when Jesus Christ, who was tempted in all points like as we are, met him with the Word of God." (What Every Christian Should Know About Growing; p. 26-27)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Psalm 46:6

Psalm 46:6
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

Sorry I missed posting yesterday - guess you had a bonus review day!  Hopefully you remembered to review Titus as well.

Begin today by reviewing the first 5 verses of Psalm 46.  Then add today's verse - repeat it over and over and over throughout your day - finding moments to redeem the time.  Is it becoming a habit yet?  I hope so!

From John Piper (emphasis mine)....

Look at the connection between verses 2–3 and verse 6. "Though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam . . . " The words for "shake" and "roar" are the same Hebrew words used in verse 6: "The nations rage [roar] and the kingdoms totter [shake]."

The point of using these same words like this is to show that whether the threat to us is from nature (with earthquakes and floods and storms, verses 1–3) or from political upheaval and wars (verse 6)—whether our world is shaking from nature or from the nations, God is our refuge.

And not just a refuge but an active counter force and a source of peace and refreshment. Verse 6b says that God's response to the raging nations is this: "He utters his voice and the earth melts." His response to dangerous seas that roar and foam is to become for us (note verse 4) another kind of water—river (not a tumultuous sea)—a river whose streams make glad the city of God.

Referencing that quote from John Piper, Dee Brestin added this thought (emphasis mine)...
Therefore, whether your tsunami is a literal one from nature, or from terrorists from nations, or from personal circumstances, God is greater.
That gives me so much appreciation for our verse today!  May it be a blessing to you as well.

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