The Best versus the Worst – 5/24/17 PM

The Best versus the Worst

Psalm 46

I. The Worst Calamity

When we read these verses, we realize just how prone we as God’s people are to fear.

In his efforts to calm, to reassure, to settle the hearts of God’s people, David went to the extreme.

He introduced the worst possible scenarios in his list of things we shouldn’t fear.

  • 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
  • 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

A. Though the earth be removed – this is without a doubt a worst case scenario

Ever heard the phrase “my world was turned upside down”?

People love their comfort zone.

It might be a mess, it might be aggravating, it might be ugly, but it’s theirs!

The thought of the whole earth being removed speaks of complete and utter displacement and chaos.

 

B. Though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea – this is an unbelievable power

This analogy speaks of a force at work that is unprecedented, unstoppable and indefensible

A storm that can uproot and hurl a mountain is a wind and a force that is of historic proportions

 

C. Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled – this is a massive tsunami – overwhelming waves

The ripple effect of the force; the aftershocks of the storm produces an ongoing devastation

Imagine the size of the waves if a mountain was to be cast into the sea?

 

D. Though the mountains shake – this is the reverberations from the original mountain being carried…

 

II. The Best Companion – the name of God, most High, Lord is mentioned in these 11 verses 11 times.

11 – the number for disorder and chaos and confusion.

  • vs. 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

A. The Best Power – vs. 1 God is our refuge and our strength

  • vs. 6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

B. The Best Promise – vs. 1 a very present help in trouble

  • vs. 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
  • vs. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

C. The Best Protection – vs. 2 Therefore will not we fear; vs. 7-11

  • 7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
  • 8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
  • 9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

D. The Best Peace – vs. 10

We can BE STILL when the sea is troubled and the mountains are shaking!

  • 10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
  • 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

BE STILL: to let drop, abandon, relax, refrain, forsake – You can almost see someone dropping into a recliner with complete abandon, relaxation – no worries.