A Song for a Crisis
Sermon: A Song for a Crisis
Psalm 46, a corporate worship song written to strengthen and comfort God’s people, is most applicable as the coronavirus threatens our health and our economy. This song comforts by making bold declarations in the face of big problems. It is a song sung by a city under attack--a city fighting for its soul while facing a crisis. The problem is big, but God is bigger.
Point 1: We Sing of God’s Protection (v. 1-2)
As our refuge, God Himself is our safety, strength, and very present help in trouble (v. 1). As a result, we have no reason to fear (v. 2). His provision is greater than any threat against us.
Point 2: We Sing of God’s Presence (v. 3-4)
The psalmist contrasts a raging sea of trouble (v. 3) with a peaceful river “whose streams make glad the city of God” (v. 4). The river is able transform the briny sea to fresh, life-giving water (Ez. 47:8). Jesus gives us the primary understanding of this life-giving water as the ultimate supplier to all who believe (Jn. 7:38 and Rev. 22). The river symbolizes God’s very presence that flows with fresh supply for His people--an unshakeable city--creating calm and bringing joy.
Point 3: We Sing of God’s Power (v. 6-9)
The nations also rage, churning in turmoil and heading towards chaos--yet God’s mere utterance melts the earth (v. 6). Whatever the crisis, it is no match for the power of God’s word. In order to “behold the works of the Lord” (v. 8), we must read God’s history in His word. His greatest work lay in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
Point 4: We Sing of God’s Purpose (v. 10-11)
In the same way that Jesus commanded the wind and waves to be still, we are also to “be still and know that He is God” (v. 10). In essence, we must cease striving and yield to Him so that God’s purpose is fulfilled: His exaltation among the nations (v. 10). We were created to worship our Creator.
God’s protection removes fear, His presence brings joy, His power fosters confidence, and His purpose produces worship--causing us to be an unshakable people.
- Seek the Lord,
- Stay informed but know when to stop,
- Stay connected to the church body,
- Look for kingdom opportunities, and
- Stay safe.