Have you ever had a friend who seems like they have infinite talents and abilities? Like the more you get to know them, the more things you find that they’re good at. Well if someone were to pick up the Bible and start reading the Psalms they would quickly learn of all the things that God is. Likewise, if you’ve been reading through the One Minute Bible, you’ve been seeing this clearly as well.
In Psalm 24—right after the famous Psalm 23, in which we learn the Lord is our shepherd and he guides and comforts us—we read that the Lord is also “strong and mighty… mighty in battle” (Psalm 24:8). In Psalm 7, we get more of a picture of the warrior God, as it says that He is our shield, He sharpens His sword, and He strings His bow. But perhaps the most telling picture of God as protector is Psalm 46:
1God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
10“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:1-3, 10)
This Psalm continues the description of God being one who promises to fight for us, and in verse 10 gives us a rather interesting command for when trouble and chaos surrounds us: Be still.
One time in the Bible where God shows this for His people is in Exodus 14, when Moses is leading the Israelites out of Egypt, where they have been slaves. Moses has seen God provide for His people and is confident in Him, while the Israelites are terrified of the Egyptians that are pursuing them. Moses reminds the people of Israel, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14). The end of that story is familiar: God rescues the Israelites, and the Egyptians drown in the previously dry sea.
Similarly, in Ephesians 6, when Paul speaks on the Armor of God, the overall resounding command is to “stand firm.” He knew what Moses knew: our God is strong, mighty, and a warrior that we can rely on. The battles we have against sin, the struggles we have with the troubles of life, the times when Satan attacks us with temptation; in the midst of all of these and more, we ought to first and foremost call upon the Lord. He is ready to fight for you.
Be still. Stand firm. Keep calm. Know that He is God. Know that He is an ever-present help in trouble.