Truth of the Week: In the Midst
Psalm 46:5 – God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
What does it mean to be in the midst of something? The Hebrew word for midst is qereb, and means “among, inner part, middle – in a physical sense and a seat of thought and emotion (Literal Word Bible App).” Friends, it is both a physical manifestation of God’s presence and an emotional place He resides with us!
God cares deeply about being with us in a physical way and He cares deeply about being with us, even in all our emotions! What a comfort it is to know He is literally in it all with us.
Confidence comes from knowing who we are because of who He is. Learning to see God being right in the midst of us changes our perspective on ourselves and our posture towards our heavenly Father.
The flow of this verse is a beautiful picture of this entire chapter of the Bible. It is a reminder of being rich with God’s very present help in our times of trouble. He is not just watching us from afar – He is within the very space we breathe.
There is just something about the repetitiousness of anything. The more we see it, the more we hear it, the more likely we will not forget it. The bookends on this chapter essentially say the exact same thing as our verse above – God is our refuge and strength. He is ever present and is with us. This Psalms shows a description of troubles that can come to pass and the beauty of the presence of God being in the midst of the city of God.
God is where His people are, and He dwells among them.
Essentially, the presence of God was with His people from the start and then when Jesus came, He was called – Emmanuel – God with us. After Jesus ascended to heaven, we received within us, the Helper – the Holy Spirit.
Simply put – our God is with us in our midst and we are safe because He is our Defender.
What hard circumstances are you going through? Close your eyes, take a deep breath, exhale slowly and picture His presence all around you. Meditate on this. Allow yourself to experience the peace you have in Christ Jesus in the heavenly places. He made the way for us to access this on earth.
So where does confidence in life come from? Where does our help come from? Where are we looking for this peace and confidence? Sometimes (a lot of times!) we look inward at ourselves for our help or we have a particular individual we go to for help.
Over and over in Scripture we are told our help comes from God. Why do we try so hard in our strength? Why do we rely on others to save us? We are not supposed to just sit on the sidelines and do nothing in life. There are many times we do need to ask for help from others. We have work to be done and we should do it. But where does our strength come from? Where are we expecting our help to come from? Ourselves? Other people? Why is it futile to rely on this system for our help? We have so much better.
We do the work God has for us, and He does the indwelling and the saving.
Our God is in the midst of us.
Psalm 46 is a pillar of confidence displayed – please go read Psalm 46 this week. It is short but oh so sweet. At the end of it there is a favorite verse to many (Ps.46:10), “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
In this chapter God is saying that He is here and He is for us! Just thinking on the magnificence of God and realizing He is all around us in our midst – we are not to fear anything because He is our “very present help” (v.1). He is ready, friends, literally right here – with us and ready to help us the second we need Him.
God should be our first look for help and not our last.
He loves us even though we do not deserve it or could possibly earn it. He helps us because that is His character and He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). This is just one of the reasons why learning His promises and His character are so foundational to a triumphant-above-our-circumstances packed life.
How can we hope in something we know nothing about? How can we trust someone if we do not know their character? God displays His character all through both Testaments. He can be trusted and He is faithful.
When we hear, “You should spend time everyday in the Word,” we should not look at it as a rule we have to follow. Rather we should look at it as an opportunity to remind us or show us fresh, His love and His faithfulness (among many other amazing truths about His character).
Catherine & Jenny with Pursuing true North