Passage: Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present[b] help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah


We must trust our protective God as we labor and wait for Him.
Today’s sermon is about God protecting what is His. And today, our opening illustration of God’s protection is provided in history.

As you struggle through life, deal with the attacks of the evil one and deal with the effects of sin, know that the day is coming when all creation will see Him and be subject to Him entirely. You will find rest. You will find peace.

That day is coming, but what about today? Today, you let what’s eternal speak to what’s temporary. You let what’s long-lasting influence what is short-lived. Let heaven dictate how you live on earth. You make God’s eternal glory the standard by which you live – not your circumstances. They will go away. He endures forever.

So, what does this mean for YOU?
Humble. He protects His purposes, not us.
Take living water to the dead. Never back away from declaring this God to others.

Long for heaven.
My Kingdom is not of this world (John 18).

And though this world with devils filled
should threaten to undo us
We will not fear for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us

The prince of darkness grim
we tremble not for him
his rage we can endure
for lo, his doom is sure
one little word shall fell him!

Let good and kindred go! This mortal life also! The body they may kill. God’s truth abideth still


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Joel Carlson

Joel Carlson