Unshaken

from the Mad Preacher

My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (Psalm 62:1-2 NIVunshakable 2

As President George H.W. Bush mulled over what to do in response to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990—to repel the Iraqi leader militarily or not— Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of Britain, told him, “Remember George, this is no time to go wobbly.”[1]

We’re living in some pretty scary times. The America I grew up in is not the America I see today. Those wicked ones, who are in power in our nation’s capital, are destroying the fundamental principles that this nation was founded upon. Patrick Henry said, “It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.” [2] The father of our country, George Washington, said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.[3]  John Adams, signer of the Declaration of Independence and second president of the US, said this, “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”[4]

The world has turned into a powder keg. Therefore, many of us daily walk in fear over all that’s happening, not only here in the USA but all over the world. Distress is understandable but is it necessary? David said. “My soul finds rest in God alone.” The original Hebrew word translated “rest’ literally means “my soul is silent. It “trusts submissively and confidently as a servant would.” The English word translated “soul” from the original Hebrew word means “a living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite and emotion.”[5] It’s not the word for the human spirit. Rather, the word “soul” encompasses the whole being including one’s mind and attitudes. So, David was saying, “My mind is at rest, at peace, in God alone. Therefore, I will not wobble.” The word here for “salvation” is the Hebrew word “yeshu’ah”. It means salvation, welfare, prosperity, deliverance and victory. 4 It’s also the Hebrew equivalent of the name Jesus. He is all these things and much more to those who follow him.

The word “fortress” comes from the Hebrew word that means a “high place, refuge, secure height, a retreat, a stronghold.” The root of this Hebrew word means to be “inaccessibly high, too high for capture, to be set securely on high.”4 The Hebrew word translated “shaken”, in Psalm 62:2 “I will never be shaken.” means to totter, shake, slip, be moved or to be overthrown. It means to dislodge, to let fall, drop or to be greatly shaken.4 Simply put, in God the disciple of Christ is untouchable and cannot be overthrown. Wow! The only one that can cause harm to true followers of Jesus is us, when we chose to go it on our own, in our own strength, and not by trusting God. We, then, leave ourselves vulnerable to satanic attacks.

Psalm 62 (NIV)

5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. [The Hebrew word literally means a place to run for safety4] 8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. 9 Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath. 10 Do not trust in extortion or take pride in stolen goods; though your riches increase, do not set your heart on them. 11 One thing God has spoken, [God has spoken this once for all and leaves

no room for debate] two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, 12 and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.  Here’s some promises to remember when the enemy tries us rob of our faith:

“I will never be shaken!”

I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8 NIV)

For the king trusts in the LORD; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.  (Psalm 21:7 NIV)  Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. (Psalm 55:22 NIV)

Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. (Psalm 66:8-9 NIV)

Psalm 112:6-8 (NIV)                                                                                                 6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. 7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.  (Psalm 125:1 NIV)  The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land. (Proverbs 10:30 NIV)

Psalm 121 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel [The Church] will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done. (Psalm 62: 11-12)
[1] The Christian Science Monitor April 8, 2013 Partial quote retrieved on 07-05-15

[2] The Trumpet Voice of Freedom: Patrick Henry of Virginia, p. iii.

[3] See more at: http://www.usachristianministries.com/us-history-quotes-about-god-and-the-bible/#sthash.88XYjsUM.dpuf

[4] Thomas Jefferson, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (Washington D. C.: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association, 1904), Vol. XIII, p. 292-294. In a letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson on June 28, 1813

[5] NAS Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Hebrew-Aramaic and Greek Dictionaries Copyright © 1981, 1998 by The Lockman Foundation All rights reserved Lockman.org

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