God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him.
We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake, before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains. Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God of angel armies protects us.
River fountains splash joy, cooling God’s city, this sacred haunt of the Most High. 5 God lives here, the streets are safe, God at your service from crack of dawn. Godless nations rant and rave, kings and kingdoms threaten, but Earth does anything he says. Jacob-wrestling God fights for us, God of angel armies protects us.
Attention, all! See the majesty of God! He plants flowers and trees all over the earth, bans war from pole to pole, breaks all the weapons across his knee.
EP – There is a city of God and he lives there. Present Tense. The city of God is safe not because of unscalable walls and sophisticated security systems. It’s safe because it’s the sphere where God’s help is available . . . . .. In verse 8, the Psalmist says, “Attention, see the marvels of God!” In other words, quit rushing through the streets long enough to become aware that there is much more to life than your silly self-help enterprises.”
In a world that is falling apart all around us, it’s easy to become frantic these touch with God. But if God’s the living center of redemption its essential that we be in touch with him and responsive to him. If God has a will for this world and we want to be in on it, we must be still long enough to find out what it is.
It is then, and only then that we’ll be able to see the marvels of God that are going on around us and inside us. (Eugene Peterson, Message Bible, Ps 46, 825)
- Obedience – Jesus lived in unbroken unity with God and yet sought nothing for himself by that unity – Paul Tillich
- Simplicity – he refused the spectacular; he spoke the language of the people; there was no pose of any kind; he kept silent when he did not know the answers.
- Humility – ‘take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and lowly of heart.’
- Frugality – Frugal in food, he fasted long days in the wilderness. Frugal in sleep, he spent whole nights alone in prayer with God. Frugal in personal relationships, he loved people but could get along without them if his truth offended them, “will ye also go away?”
- Generosity – he gave everything to God. His day and nights, his dreams and deeds, his labors and his life itself were God’s. He gave himself without stint to people, sharing with them his truth, ministering to their souls , healing their sickness, listening to their questions…
- Truthfulness – even his enemies had to say, “we know you are true…”
- Purity – He not only said ‘Blessed are the pure in heart.” He was that!
- Charity – Every quality of life that good usage names as charity was Christ’s in abundance – gentleness, graciousness, quick forgiveness, bountifulness, courtesy, self-sacrifice, universal good will, channeling God’s love toward all people – of all this Jesus was the perfect incarnation.
…God was in him because he did what the rest of us must do – by dedication and discipline keep one’s life open to God.
From Discipline and Discovery – Albert Edward Day (quoted by Job and Shawchuck)
Kelli: Even scanning down this list our minds switch to auto-pilot. I could never do all that, I’m not Jesus, so forget about it. Up from the mists of memory comes another word from Jesus as he talks to his disciples, then and now:
Believe me. I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see —- these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do John 14:11-14
Kelli – there are really no excuses except for our apathy and selfishness. The world desperately needs more of the realities listed above. Just one more quote to drive th3e point home. A work from the Apostle Paul who knew all about being tired and persecuted. More than that knew the joy and grace of knowing God and living a life changed by that relationship:
May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together — spirit, soul and body – and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it! I Thessalonians 5:23-24