Morning by Morning July 19, 2015

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Sunday, July 19, 2015:  2 Kings 17; 2 Chronicles 28; Psalms 46; James 3

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble with its tumult. 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 the city; it shall not be moved;
    God will help it when the morning dawns.
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord;
    see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
    I am exalted among the nations,
    I am exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Psalm 46

Psalm 46 is one of my favorite Psalms and texts.  Today I want the words to stand alone without much in the way of commentary, but I do want to take this opportunity to teach about the word selah.  We see it often in the psalms, and the word means ‘stop and listen.’  It often indicates a simple pause, or in more elaborate renderings of the psalm, could suggest a musical interlude (remember that psalm = songs).

Stop and listen.  What a great idea!  Oh, that I would do that more often, and with more intention.  Here is my suggestion.  Because the psalm is in three parts – why not read the first part in the morning, then use the morning hours to stop and listen to what God would say to your heart.  Then read the second section at noon, again with a ‘stop and listen’ kind of afternoon.  In the early evening (say, at dinner time) read the remaining portion and use the remaining hours of the day to reflect on these final words.  In this way, the psalm shapes and speaks into your entire day, and there is space and time for the Spirit to speak.

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