God Is Very Near
Paul Tautges has served Immanuel Bible Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin as pastor since 1992. He is also an adjunct professor of biblical counseling and conference speaker. Paul has authored eight books including Counsel One Another, Comfort Those Who Grieve, The Discipline of Mercy, and Brass Heavens. He is also the editor of the popular Help! discipleship counseling booklet series (24 titles). Paul is a NANC Fellow and a Council Board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He and his wife Karen are the parents of ten children. Paul blogs regularly at counselingoneanother.com.
- 2013 Jul 22
Since the doctor has put me on mandatory rest for a few days, I am taking just a couple minutes to re-post a devotional from earlier this summer. I love Psalm 46 and again find myself drawn back there for my own personal growth and assurance of God's loving care. Learning to rest in the Lord...
Relax, God Is with You
“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10, ESV).
“Cease striving and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10, NAS).
The marginal notes in the New American Standard Bible says “Cease striving” means “let it go, relax.” How do we let it go? How do we relax? How do we rest in the Lord?
According to Psalm 46, we rest in the Lord by beholding His works (v.8), by reminding ourselves of who He is for us now the hymn writer’s words are our personal reality, “I am His and He is mine.” What does Psalm 46 teach us about resting in the Lord? What reasons do we have to relax, to trust Him? Go get your Bible and walk through this soul-strengthening Psalm.
- God is. God has always been; He is now; He always will be. Jesus was, is, and is to come (v. 1).
- God is our refuge, our hiding place, our security, our protection and our Protector (v. 1).
- God is our strength, our power to rest (v. 1).
- God is very present (v. 1).
- God is very present in times of trouble (v. 1).
- God is our help, a very present help, and our Helper (v. 1).
- God is stable, unchanging in an ever-changing world (vv. 2-3).
- Peace and security are found only in His presence (vv. 4-5).
- Though the nations roar against Him, God will melt the earth with His voice (v. 6).
- God is with us (v. 7).
- God is our stronghold, our fort (v. 7).
- God is the Judge of all, the King of the earth (vv. 8-9).
- God will one-day occupy His rightful place as King of the nations (v. 10).
- God has an innumerable host of angels to discharge at His will (v. 11).
- God is our stronghold, our fort (v. 11).
Let this beautiful hymn from Keith and Kristyn Getty minister to your heart as well.