“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah.
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Come, behold the works of the LORD, Who has made desolations in the earth. 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. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” Psalm 46.
Only a handful of scriptures from the poetic/prophetic portions in the Bible address so vividly and graphically the final shakings the earth and her inhabitants will have to endure before the great and terrible day of the Lord and the return of Jesus as a conquering King with the glory and power of His Kingdom. By the Spirit of God, the sons of Korah (the descendants of the very Korah who was dramatically judged in the wilderness after leading the rebellion against Moses), captured the full span of the terrible ecological, geographical, social and political turmoil that will come upon this world many centuries before John recorded the horrible visions of God’s final judgments in the book of Revelation.
And yet, in the midst of the turmoil, there is a city which drinks joy and peace from the River of God that runs through her. While billions of souls will be tossed to and fro throughout the shaken earth, as many already are, brutalized by increasing global distress, harassed by an avalanche of demonic spirits and bound by growing hopelessness and fear, “God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn…”
That city, the reader must realize, is not an organization, a religious structure or anything man-made that even remotely carries the stench of flesh. Spiritually, this City is the people of God throughout the earth… families… neighbors… friends… fellowships of saints bound by shared devotion to the Lord and genuine relationships where we know each other and are known as who we truly are. Naturally, it is the City of Jerusalem; embattled, resisted, hated, even compromised… yet it shall stand as a symbol of God’s faithfulness and sovereignty to the very end of the age. In view of this embattled scenery, the authors of Psalm 46 also had a good word of instruction for us.
BOILING SEVEN TIMES OVER
We recently returned from Israel where we led another pilgrim/intercession tour, and enjoyed family celebrations. God is so near to His children in Israel… in the midst of the international fiasco that is continuously raging concerning the fate of Jerusalem, and in the face of the increasing and horrific dangers from a hostile Islamic world that is fast nearing nuclear capabilities, there is tremendous peace and rest. As in the eye of the storm, there is supernatural and beautiful calm in the City of God.
Preparing and drinking Turkish coffee in Israel is an art we deeply enjoyed many times. In fact, “real” coffee must not only be prepared from strong coffee grounds boiling in a small “feenjan,” a Middle Eastern coffee kettle, but it must be brought to the point of boiling seven times before it is fully brewed. Likewise, the strategic and security dynamics of Israel have been brought to the point of boiling time and again, and just when it appears that the drink is about to boil over and spill, the fire is turned down and the drink continues to simmer quietly, until the next point of near boil. Watch and pray, the next round is near.
No doubt you have read many of the reports coming out continuously regarding the increasing regional dangers and international isolation Israel endures. The Islamic belligerence is on the rise; America is on the decline; Europe is neutralized and paralyzed, and the global stage appears more chaotic and explosive daily with monetary and economic meltdown inevitable. Intelligence sources recently reported Israel’s cancelled aerial all out attack which was aiming to destroy Iran’s entire air force during Iran’s recent military celebration. The attack was discovered by Russian surveillance satellites who warned the Iranians, who in turn cancelled their celebration, sending their air force into hiding in remote air fields. Iran’s lesson will come soon. Pray.
To the generation of saints who live and move and pray on earth during such times, Psalm 46 says, ”Be still, and know that I am God.” Other translations chose the terminology saying “cease striving…” or “be quiet, and know that I am God.” The original Hebrew text, however, says “HARPOO OOD’OOH...” Harpoo, in Hebrew, is a command to let go, release, loosen one’s grip and relax our hold over whatever it is we are holding on to. In other words, to the generation of saints that is entering the world’s final hours of intense judgments and harvest, the Spirit says, RELAX, loosen your grip and stop trying to control the situation. You can’t!
In turn, and as a consequence of learning to abide in the humble and confident discipline of HARPOO, a life that rests and trusts in God for the outcome of our personal, corporate and global circumstance rather than anxiously laboring to “fix” them, the saints are given entrance into the grace of OOD’OOH, “and you will know” in the Hebrew language. The root word of this “to know” is the same as the one used in Genesis 4:1when Adam “KNEW” his wife intimately, producing a new life on earth.
“Letting go” and “loosening our grip” on life’s circumstances in exchange for a life of trust and rest always results in the blessing of KNOWING God in a whole new, deeper and intimate way that will produce new life in us. In fact, not until we learn to abide in this grace of HARPOO, will we truly enter into the ever expanding and blessed experience of OOD’OOH, knowing ”… that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” We pray this truth to set you free from the trappings of anxiety and fear, and this grace to empower and guide you into increasing victory in the coming days. You’ll need it!
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In His grace,
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