Send Me: Prayer & Fasting – Day 12 – 1-20-2017
Day 12 – Friday 1/20 – Be Still – hear only His voice
1 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
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. 6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.
You have passed the half-way point of this season of prayer and fasting by now and you have no doubt experienced some great moments as well as some difficult times. There will be no apologies here for leading you into things which are not comfortable. There is a motto often repeated to those around me, “Hard times make hard people.” Allow an explanation. Christianity is no place for a spiritual pansy. Following Christ fully takes courage, determination, and an unwavering spirit. There are moments along the journey which seem impossible, but they are only impossible in appearance because you have not developed the eyes of the Father so you cannot yet see only as He sees. In the meantime, you must learn to toughen up a bit, this is a job for grownups! Knowing that reality is often not only hard but also hard on us, it would be good for you to take a bit of a break today.
If you will notice that in this Psalm there are two time the author used the instruction “Selah” which means to stop and meditate on what was just spoken (or sung, as these were meant to be put to music). We will be using the instruction to “be still” as today’s theme as a break in the action so that you might quietly consider the greatness of our God and allow His majesty to bring a calmness to your spirit. You should find great comfort in the knowledge of His awesome greatness, strength, and love for you. Growing up is hard to do but He has provided you with plenty of examples showing that He will always be there for you and will even provide for your protection and defense. You task, then, is to rest in Him today and allow Him to bring you refreshing to your heart and soul.