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Worship Through the Psalms: God is our Fortress

“18 …your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, 19 and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead…” (Job 1:18-19, ESV)



"1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present 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!” (Psalm 46:1-10, ESV)


We must take comfort in God when things turn for the worst!


"1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present 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."


“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10, ESV)


"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."


Even in times of global calamity, God is to be praised!


"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…”


“Men will set up themselves, will have their own way and do their own will. But let them know that God will be exalted, He will have His way, will do His own will, will glorify His own name, and wherein they deal proudly He will be above them, and make them know that He is so.” ~ Matthew Henry


“Be still, and know that I am God.”


We must discipline ourselves to remember who God is and what He has done!


“Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually! 5 Remember the wondrous works that He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He uttered,” (Psalm 105:4-5, ESV)


We must learn to stop giving in to our fears! God’s power is perfected in our weakness!


“My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV)



LIFEGROUP NOTES SESSION 5

WORSHIP THROUGH THE PSALMS


OPEN

What struck you from the message this Sunday? What jumped out at you and really made you think?

INTRODUCTION


What struck you from the video? What jumped out at you and really made you think?



What troubles are you dealing with? How do you remember that God is in control when everything seems to be falling apart?



READ

Psalm 46


What does Selah mean?



How does this psalm teach the sovereignty of God?



What is the city of God?



In what situations might we be inclined to go to this psalm?



What does God do to the war machines of the empires of the earth? Name a few empires that have faded away?



In what sort of situations in life might this psalm be very encouraging to the people of God? What sorts of things could happen to this country that might provide a great context for this psalm?



LAST WORD


Our society doesn't like the thought of being still. Being still is another way of surrendering to God. What area of your life do you need to be still and reflect on God?



How does this psalm teach us to worship God?



Does peace characterize us as a people of God? Is there a stark contrast between our peaceful families and churches and the incessant conflicts and wars among the world?








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