Psalm 46:4-5 –
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
Grab on to this. Psalm 46:4-5 is talking about the church, the people of God. The church is the temple of God. The church is the dwelling place of God. The church is the city of God. The church is the people where God is found. It is to be a people of peace and safety and help and forgiveness and repentance. The church is the people in whom the healing waters flow – for the good of others. We are to be a place of refuge from a cold unfeeling world. We are meant to be a people and place where we find welcome and hope and help and understanding and love. We are meant to be who God performs His work of lifting and healing and restoring of soul. The people of God are not meant to be a place where we fight and argue and form little teams and cheer on ours while working for the other to fail. There are no teams here. There are no animosities. There is rescue from the mountains falling into the midst of the sea and the waters raging. For this is the place where God is doing His work of refuge and strength. It is the place where Jesus lives and does His work of healing and growing us more into His image. This church, dear people. My church, your church, are to be described by Psalm 46: 4 – 5. Oh what the church in the world has made the church. Let’s make sure that our churches do not fall for it. Let’s each one of us make sure that we are what God is using to bring refuge and strength to others, and that we are not what they need refuge from and strength for.