Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Break Glass in Case of Fear

I'm sure you've seen the fire equipment in buildings with the words "Break Glass in Case of Fire..."

Well, in case of fear, read this Psalm...

When Martin Luther was imprisoned awaiting execution, he read this Psalm and penned the words to "A Mighty Fortress is Our God." (However, on the way to the execution, he was rescued! During his time of "hiding out" he (ahem) busied himself by translating the entire New Testament from Latin into German - the very first time the Bible was translated into the "language of the people!")

What has God got for you to do while "in your fear...?"

May this strengthen you as well as it did Martin Luther (I know it has me...)

Psalms 46:1-11

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. That is why we are not afraid even when the earth quakes or the mountains topple into the depths of the sea. Water roars and foams, and mountains shake at the surging waves.

There is a river whose streams bring joy to the city of God, the holy place where the Most High lives. God is in that city. It cannot fall. God will help it at the break of dawn. (And "dawn" comes how often? That's right - every single day!)

Nations are in turmoil, and kingdoms topple. The earth melts at the sound of God's voice. (However, we have no need to fear because) The LORD of Armies is with us. The God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Come, see the works of the LORD, the devastation he has brought to the earth. He puts an end to wars all over the earth. He breaks an archer's bow. He cuts spears in two. He burns chariots. (Therefore) Let go of your concerns!

"Then you will know" (God says) "that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth."

The LORD of Armies IS with us. The God of Jacob IS our stronghold.



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