I love this picture because it speaks to me of hope
of new life,
of how God does not snuff out the smoldering wick
or destroy the bruised reed.
I love God because His ways are so much greater than mine
and He is strong
and is within the city of God -
4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
Psalm 46: 4-5 NKJV
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Psalm 46:1-5 NIV
I love the NKJV for
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn
for it reminds me of Elizabeth Goudge's book The Middle Window
which I read an old library copy of years ago
(wish I owned it!)
and the knight separated from his king who he loved
on a dark weary mountain
in a battle that he heard the king was losing
still kept going
even in the darkness
for his faith and love in his king.
"God will help her at the break of dawn"
I love this verse also in the NIV
"Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea."
I vividly remember in a Geology class at Calvin years ago
my professor showed us an old film, on a film reel,
of earthquakes and mountains falling into the heart of the sea
and quoted these verses from Psalm 46.
I will never for get this professor's love and faith in God
and his understanding of Psalm 46.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her, just at the break of dawn.
We are all in various inner battles that are difficult;
I know I am not alone in struggles,
no, we are all broken, weak and tired,
but we must hold out,
for there is a river whose streams make glad the city of God.