“God is my refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble.
Therefore I will not fear…Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:1,2,10)
As my “refuge” God protects me from external dangers. As my “strength” God provides the way for me to persevere and overcome. As my “ever present help in times of trouble,” God encourages and empowers me with the truth that he is always with me everywhere. “Therefore I will not fear.”
This is who God is and what it means to me. My part is to live moment by moment in the awareness of this revelation, provision and promise. This requires that I begin each day with an unhurried focus that centers my heart and mind on who God is and that he is with me. This also requires that I cultivate the habit of taking as many renewal breaks as it might require through the day to abide in this awareness. A renewal break is the occasion through my distractful day where I obey God’s command to, “Be still and know that I am God” (v. 10). A renewal break renews me in the revelation.
And so I must give consistent intention and effort to this discipline of becoming still in God’s presence. Again, by necessity, this must include a ceasing from the normal activity and noise of my day for the purpose of making space for the renewing revelation that God is indeed God! I must continue to “know” this. This speaks of an episodic encounter with the presence of God who is my refuge and strength, and my ever-present help.
Doing what God has made possible for me to do positions me for this supernatural encounter. In Psalm 131:2 David writes; “I have stilled and quieted my soul.” This is something I can do by God’s grace. Doing so positions me to live a life that is unexplainable apart from the reality that God is always with me everywhere. And a life lived with such a consistent awareness of God’s intimate, empowering presence changes everything!
How is your experience going with regard to living throughout each day in the awareness of who God is and that he is always with you? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!