November 19, 2023

Psalm 46:1-11

1   God is our refuge and strength,
          a very present help in trouble.
2   Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
          though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3   though its waters roar and foam,
          though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Selah

4   There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
          the holy habitation of the Most High.
5   God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
          God will help it when the morning dawns.
6   The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
          he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7   The LORD of hosts is with us;
          the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

8   Come, behold the works of the LORD;
          see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
9   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


Eternal God, it is in you that we move and live and have our being. You hold us, your children in your hand at all times. You offer a sure refuge when no place seems to feel like home. You are our strength when it feels like weakness overcomes us. And you are our ever-present help when we can’t lift ourselves up. Loving God, as the world changes around us and troubles seem to reign, Let us keep coming back to your steady presence, you eternal love, and your ever-nurturing care. Sustain us and let us contemplate your works everywhere we go. That every moment of silence, every vision of Your creation, and every encounter with our neighbor  May remind us that You have been, are, and always be our God. Amen. 

Written by David Angulo (he/him/his), Alumni, Schreiner University Campus Ministry 

and Senior, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

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