In a recent post, I shared with you that I need “faith markers” to keep my heart pressing into the path He’s marked out for me. A faith marker works spiritually, much like a trail marker works to help a hiker stay on the right path. When I’m tempted to wander through a wilderness of fear, deception, despair and self-centered thinking, faith markers direct me back on-track. We started working our way through one of my favorite faith markers in my last post, and I will wrap it up today.
Psalm 46 is a faith marker that keeps my heart:
- receptive to truth
I love how this psalm repeats a significant refrain (vv. 7, 11) to grab a heart wandering toward fear and yank it back to the reality of this truth: God is with us, and He’s our MIGHTY FORTRESS! It’s almost as though I can hear the psalmist saying, “Hey, did you forget who’s protecting you?? What are you afraid of?”
I also like thinking about the fact that Martin Luther wrote one of my favorite hymns as a paraphrase of this psalm. Every time I sing “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” I relive the truths I’ve learned from using Psalm 46 as a faith marker.
- rallied to fresh worship
There is one statement in this psalm that gets me charged up! It’s when the psalmist makes the point (v. 6) that nations may get in a political tizzy, world dictators may rage or be overthrown . . . but no matter how much nations flex their muscles, none can withstand a directed whisper from God’s lips. He merely utters his voice and the earth will melt. Wow. When I wrap my mind and heart around this truth, it solidifies me with courage and rallies me to true worship of this awesome God I love.
Then in vv. 8-9, the psalmist invites us to check out God’s mighty works, perhaps so we can have a few “aha” moments as we sit in wonder and adoration of One who wields such power, but still tenderly cares for our souls.
- radically committed to His purpose
God stills the clamor in verse ten (much like when Jesus rebuked the raging storm in Luke 8) and reiterates His theme for redemption: “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” This triumphant conclusion reminds me of His purpose for my life and calls me back to a radical commitment to filling the earth with His glory.
My heart needs moment-by-moment protection to stay on track. That’s why I’m so grateful for the protection of Scripture. God’s Word is a lamp, a sign-post, and for me it serves as a trustworthy trail marker. I’d love to hear some of your favorite passages that serve to protect you from wandering off track!