If you want to see God, be patient!

We see turmoil in the world. Do we also see the Lord who is over all?

The floods have risen up, O Lord. The floods have roared like thunder; the floods have lifted their pounding waves.

Psalm 93:3

The world and all its powers, symbolised by floods and waves, rage against the authority of the King. We see these powerful forces at work and become unsettled.

But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore— the Lord above is mightier than these!

Psalm 93:4

Whereas the waves are easy to see, the power of God is hidden from us. The Lord challenges us to believe what he has said about himself.

The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.

Psalm 93:1

When we think of power, we think of people throwing weight around like bullies. The Lord however is robed in majesty; think, the fruit of the Spirit – Love, joy, peace, patience, …

If the Lord is patient in these tempestuous times, We will only see him if we receive his peace and from that peace are patient enough to see him unfold his plan with love.

Refuge in the tumult

I have been taught that God’s refuge is where I live if I am making godly decisions. Psalm 91 takes another approach.

If you say, ‘The Lord is my refuge’ and make the most-high your dwelling,

If I say, ‘The Lord is my refuge’, I am choosing not to make anything else my refuge. There are many choices available- money, people of power, the law, … These refuges beckon us, and in danger, we are driven to them.
If I make the most-high my dwelling, then I live in Jesus’ presence, he speaks to my heart and gives me peace.
Bringing these together, I see the false choices would be a betrayal of the one who loved me and gave himself for me. If I have experienced dwelling with Jesus, then his peace keeps fear from driving me from his refuge.
The psalm goes on,

no harm will come near you, no disaster will come near your tent,

‘No harm’ is not ‘no threat’, ‘near your tent’ is not ‘in your land’. The appearance will be challenging but we have God’s promise, and rest in that assurance.

for he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Psalm 91:9-11

We might appear naïve in this place of refuge, but the Lord is active; He commands his angels to intervene. We cannot see a rescue, but then we can’t see angels.
In the political turmoil help me, Lord, to take refuge and dwell in you!