Let Down Your Hands
Psalm 46:1-2, 10 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we wil
It is very hard not to be afraid of something these days. Fear of terrorist attack. Fear of losing a job. Fear for the safety of your children or great grandchildren as they attend school. Fear of what a medical test result may reveal. Fear of change!
Historically, Psalm 46 was written at time in which the cities of Judah, including Jerusalem, were undergoing a second invasion by the evil warmonger, Sennacherib, King of Assyria, in 699 BC. The first invasion had only been one year earlier in 700 BC. This psalm addresses the deliverance of God in the midst of a military crisis. It is a psalm of trust and thanksgiving, focusing on the God of Israel, their shelter, the city of God, their security, and the deliverance of God, their peace.
In verse ten, the psalmist writes, Cease striving, or Be still, and know that I am God. Literally, in the Hebrew language, this means to let down the hands. Whatever Sennacherib type fear you may be facing today, the place to start, is by letting down your hands in an act of surrender to the God that is bigger than the fear of whatever it is you are afraid of. Allow Christ to be your refuge, security, and peace this Lenten and Easter Season. Try raising your hands, and then, literally laying them down as you pray these Scriptures!
In the strong Name of Christ,