I’m reading through the Psalms during my morning times with the Lord, and today I made it to Psalm 46. As I read over the first part of the chapter I could not help but stop and make this a prayer for our neighbors in Japan. It is my prayer for the lost and the saved. For those who know the Lord, that they would find that even in this disaster the Word of God proven true, that the Lord is a very present help in trouble. That he is our fortress, and that he is with us always. And for those who are lost and without hope in this world, that many would come to know in the midst of utter destruction and ruin the eternal peace and comfort of their souls in God through Christ alone. That they would awaken to and experience the only true God as their immovable fortress and inexhaustible strength.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah“
~ Psalm 46:1-7 ~
If you’ll notice in this passage, there is an encouraging word of hope for all who have suffered as Japan is suffering. For in the sin-scarred world, waters will roar and foam, and mountains will be tremble at its swelling. But do not despair. For there is a “better” river, one whose streams do not wreak havoc and wash lives away without warning. It is a river that makes glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. And for those who repent and believe upon Jesus Christ for eternal salvation, they will one day sit by this river, in such safety and tranquility that words cannot describe while their hearts are forever over-flooded with the peace, joy, and satisfaction of God.