Day 7

Day 7: Exhaustion & Weariness

Psalm 46:1-3; 8-11

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.
 
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
   the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
   to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “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 Almighty is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Discussion: It is easy to get caught up in the cares of this world, especially during this season. In fact, we should be involved in the cares of this world, fighting to shine Christ’s light and love to all people in every circumstance. But, our fighting and striving can be tiring. We can easily find ourselves in a place where the cares of the world have overwhelmed us, and we see no way to overcome them. 

It is at this point that Psalm 46 really speaks to us. In the opening verses of this psalm, the writer uses imagery to portray a chaotic world. The mountains are shaking, and the sea waters are roaring. As the psalm progresses, it reveals that it is only God who truly has the power to end war and chaos in the earth. Then the psalmist tells us to be still. This command should not be taken to mean that we should physically give up and stop trying; rather, it is calling us to remember that He is God and we are not, so it is not in our own power and strength that we will see victory. When we put our trust in God and give him the control, we can find rest and strength for our soul even in the midst of the chaos by knowing that He is our refuge, our source of comfort and protection. 

When everything around us seems chaotic and falling apart and we feel we have done all we can do, Psalm 46 reminds us that God is still in control. He is our refuge and source of strength.

Engagement:
  1. Read Psalm 46 again.
  2. Reflect on Psalm 46. Try to rephrase it into your own language and connect it to your own situation. If you enjoy writing or journaling, try to rewrite your own version of this psalm.
  3. Pray using Psalm 46 as your guide. Thank him for being your refuge and strength. Describe to Him the chaos in your life right now and express any feelings of exhaustion and weariness to Him. Give Him the control and ask Him to guide your actions. Ask Him to comfort and protect you. Thank and praise Him for the ways He has been your refuge and strength in the past. Affirm your trust in Him to do it again in the future.
  4. Worship God. Check out these songs on our playlist: “Be Still” by Hillsong Worship & “Still In Control” by Mack Brock
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