Sent out in the Puposes of God
By Chris DiVietro
Sunday’s sermon saw us spend time in Psalm 46. Specifically, we saw that God is good to us, that He may be good through us. God delivers His people in victory, that His glory and renown might then be made known to the nations. The Lord of hosts is not with us so that we can run to Him and hide, but so that we can run with Him and see victory.
The God of Jacob is our fortress not so we can retreat from the battle, but so we can be equipped for the battle. We’re not told to be still and know God is God to alleviate our concerns of a financial, relational, physical, or emotional nature. We’re told to be still and know God is God to alleviate our anxiety over the supremacy of God in a world that increasingly runs from Him.
Major themes presented themselves in our study of Psalm 46, and a Sunday morning sermon did not leave nearly enough time to unpack them with the degree of seriousness they deserve. In the coming blog posts we’ll trace themes related to the temple, the presence of God, and Jesus Christ and their connectedness, with more intentionality and attention given to their implication for the church and our mission to make disciples.
Until then, my prayer for our church family is the same: This week may we have anxiety over the purposes of God rather than the purposes of ourselves; may our prayers concern the purposes of God rather than the purposes of ourselves, and may we be sent out into the world to pursue the purposes of God rather than the purposes of ourselves. Then, let us each be still and know the Lord is our God. The Lord of hosts with us; the god of Jacob is our fortress. Know He will be exalted among the nations; know He will be exalted in the earth.