There are times when you find yourself precariously poised at the edge of a precipice. You rub your eyes hurriedly trying to decide whether you are awake or still trapped in a world of reverie. The howling winds, the rush and roar of oceans help you come to your conclusion quickly – this is your life…
Every day we stand at doom’s edge. The harsh winds of life lash at us viciously. What you face may seem simple enough – no admission, no employment, your boyfriend/husband cheats on you; your boss terminates your employment because you refused to (fill in the gap – sleep with him, adjust that figure etc.).
Like the petulant children of Israel whose very nature mimics all of us, we stand at the edge of the Red sea, with Pharaoh’s hordes racing towards us baying for our blood.
Wars break out from pole to pole. From the global stage to the microcosm of our hearts we are ravaged by a barrage of turmoil. No matter where we look we seem headed for one destination alone – Doom’s Edge. Scary thought isn’t it? That as the sun rises each morning it drags us into deeper levels of despair.
It is in times like this that Psalm 46 speaks to us. God is a safe place to hide – in fact the only place to hide. He is ever ready to help when we need Him. There is the assurance that when troubles seem near, God is even nearer. When the hairs on our skin prickle and rise in fear, we have the quiet assurance that God is closer than even our skin.
At doom’s edge, because we have such blessed assurance, there is no need to bite our fingernails. Even as the earth spins out of control we can be calmed by the words of Christ “Fear not, for I am with you”. Let the mountains of academic achievement, financial fortitude, or even political prowess crumble. Let the waters of wealth run wild into the abyss. We are sure and fearless.
Selah – a musical direction from a Hebrew root meaning “to lift up” or “pause”. At doom’s edge when deviled waters bark at us we pause and lift up the Lord!
See the marvels of God. There is a stillness that leads us to the knowledge of the Divine, a quiet gazing that slowly but surely transforms us into that image of the Eternal One. Imagine at the brink of annihilation God responds to Moses by declaring “Be Still and Know that I am God”. No wonder we are admonished to fix our eyes on the Author and Finisher of our Faith.
Silence those raging thoughts of doubt. Still the palpitations of your heart and let the wonders of Zion overwhelm you. In times like these we need to pause and ponder. Ponder on how the Commander of the Heavenly Host surrounds and protects us.
I pray that God will open our eyes.
For the #LA187 Family
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