Ps.46:4,5 – “There is a river whose streams make the city of God happy, The holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.”
Paul characterized the last days as “perilous times”. We have to be careful because with all of the stuff flying around on a daily basis, we can become numb and unaware of the critical moment of time that is upon us. We go from pandemic surges, to catastrophic earthquakes followed by tropical storms. If that isn’t enough, we hear of thousands of Americans stranded and being threatened by radical jihadists as well as an emerging church in Afghanistan falling into a time of violent persecution. In the meantime, many Western Christians are just waiting and hoping for things to return to normal. Historically, the church has stood up and expanded in the most difficult times; today’s “perilous time” will prove to be no different.
Difficulties remind us of our weaknesses and our need for the supernatural. Isaiah’s prayer comes to mind, Isa.64:1,2 :
“Oh, that You would tear open the heavens and come down, That the mountains would quake at Your presence– As fire kindles brushwood, as fire causes water to boil– To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations may tremble at Your presence!”
We need the Lord to split the sky and reveal His glory in this generation. Here is how William Binnie describes today’s verse:
“God is in the midst of her. It is the real presence of Christ, and the supernatural power of his Spirit, which makes the church mighty to the conquest of souls. The church spreads because her God is in the midst of her. When at any time she has forgotten her dependence on the invisible intercession of her Head, and the gracious energy of his Spirit, she has found herself shorn of the locks of her great strength, and has become the laughing stock of the Philistines.”
David proved the value of “God in our Midst” throughout His life. Whether he was dealing with wild animals, Goliath, Saul, or his son Absalon; David knew the power of His presence would be his strength. We need His power in the church in this generation. This generation needs to taste the power of His presence; slick programs and inspirational talks will not satisfy our hungry hearts or convert this generation. There is a river in His church. This river is our hope.