Good Morning, Siblings!

Today’s readings are Psalms 46-50

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Hey friends, all told I spent a couple of years writing this study. Each day I’d scour over different Bible translations taking notes and writing my findings down to share with you. The notes today were written about a week into the big pandemic crisis of 2020. In most of my notes, I’ve gone back and edited out content that dated the post to a specific time. However, in reading over this to prepare for recording the audio, I felt like this was a little glimpse into my life the to wanted to keep and so I’m offering up this disclaimer before we begin. Post Script: This post was clearly written on a Friday. 

Rabbit Trails

It’s been a long week and I’m ready for my Biblically mandated break from it all. As I type this up on Friday morning, a fresh loaf of bread is cooling on the countertop, supper is cooking in the crock pot, and my dogs are squirrel hunting out the bedroom window. I’m sitting on the bed surrounded by Bibles and pens and highlighters, all of my usual tools of the trade which usually manage to get used on a table of some sort. For now, though, I’m grateful that my husband is able to work from home and my office has proven the needed refuge for him to do just that. Our son is home from college and is busy doing his coursework in his room over the garage and our daughter is flittering around the house as usual, her schedule much the same since she homeschools online anyway.

We are coming to the end of our first week with this new arrangement and at times I admit that I have felt as if I was the only one without a refuge here. Everywhere I go there is a person in that room or else I’m followed by a pack of dogs who want to be just as involved in my personal space as I am. But as life situations change, the Father steps in to direct our steps around the obstacles of the changing tides and He has absolutely stepped in to guide me here as well.

Psalms and frequent (okay, nonstop) conversations with the Creator have very much been a refuge for me this week. Like a child exploring their surroundings, with each new development in our news cycle I’ve taken it to Him to ask His will in yet one more thing.

I’ve seen a lot of folks on the internet posting calls to pray a certain psalm or specific verse since all of this began. I am always encouraged anytime someone directs others to the Word but it is disheartening when I occasionally see someone treating the Word as if it were a lottery ticket or magic eight ball. Passing on a single verse like some sort of hedge of protection while clearly ignoring the rest of the book.

We can’t piecemeal God. He is a wholehearted God, and we can’t ignore Him while worshipping our idols and then expect the word to work for the same way us as if He were our God.

The fact of the matter is, one who does not live by His word will not be able to carry the sword of His word into battle.

And so it is vital, not just now but at all times, that we examine our lives daily, look at His throne, and make sure we haven’t mentally placed something other than Him upon it.

Today, I zeroed in on Psalm 46

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

He is our refuge.

He is our strength.

Let the earth give way.

Let the mountains move.

YHWH is in our midst.

YHWH is with us.

Be still and know that He is God.

Test everything, hold tight to what is good.~ 1 Thess 5:21

We are saved by Grace alone: Obedience is not the root of our salvation, it is the fruit!

May YHWH bless the reading of His Word!

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