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A word of encouragement for the days ahead...

Posted by Justin Pearson on

Sojourners,

I read through and pray through the Psalms as a regular part of my time in God’s word. And today, in his providence, I was in Psalm 46. The words are strikingly relevant to our present cultural moment with the presidential election happening tomorrow.

Read the first three verses:
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 (Psalm 46:1–3 ESV)

I share these with you because I want the truth of this text to be true for you. That no matter what happens tomorrow (or in the coming days) God will indeed be your refuge and strength. That you will look to him as a very present help in trouble.

And that because of who he is you will not fear.

There will be a lot of wide-ranging emotions as a result of the outcome of this particular election. But I think an underlying emotion for many is fear. Fear for what will happen in our country and world should X person be elected president for the next 4 years.

Some people will think, depending on who wins, that this is the beginning of the end for our nation.

Let that not be our stance. Not because we don’t care about our country or its future. We should care about our country. It is populated, after all, by our neighbors and fellow image bearers.

Let fear not be your driving emotion because you trust in the sovereignty of God and the redemptive reign of King Jesus.

We do 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, because we know and believe and rest in the reality that this place is not our home or hope. We don’t fear because our God is in the heavens and does all that he pleases.

Tomorrow and in the days ahead, let’s be marked not by stoicism or apathy, not by despair or disenchantment, but with steady peace and hope because we remember who our God is and are seeking to take refuge in him even if everything else around us seems to be falling apart.

And let’s be willing to share that hope with our neighbors who might be either elated or devastated after tomorrow. Now is the time for the prophetic voice of the church to permeate a disconcerted world who is in desperate need of good news.

Go back and reread those verses at the top of the page again. Notice it ends with the italicized word Selah. Scholars don’t exactly know the meaning or purpose of this word in Hebrew, but most think it is a musical instruction to pause. A purposeful interlude between movements.

So reread those verses and when you come to the word Selah take a deep breath.

God is your refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. He is the anchor of your soul. Hold fast to him knowing he holds fast to you and one day will come again to make all things new.

I love you and am praying for you and for our country.

.grace and peace. 

Justin

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