A River of Providence


Psa. 46:4        There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
        the holy habitation of the Most High.
5     God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
        God will help it when the morning dawns.
6     The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
        he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7     The LORD of hosts is with us;
        the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah


The Psalmist knew what it was like to live in a time of turmoil and yet looked to God for all that he needed. The providence of God would spread throughout his city, reaching all of those in need. Just as a great river with its tributaries can provide the necessary water for life so can God’s river provide for those whom he inhabits.

God’s people are to be his dwelling place, God is to be in the midst of the city. When God remains at the center of the life of his children, then they will not be moved by the things of this world. Day by day, every dawn, at the very moment of need the river of providence provides.

Yes, the nations may be “in an uproar” but God is with us. He is our strength and our refuge and he will sustain.


Today marks a new year. Last evening many were celebrating and people are looking forward to starting over with a new and clean slate. The world hasn’t changed all that much in the last twenty-four hours.

We are still in an uproar.

There are terrible floods. We live with the threat of war. Refugees are seeking a safe harbor. Elections loom. Economies hang in the balance. Kingdoms are tottering.

In the midst of it all the river of providence continues to flow. Since the day of Pentecost the Spirit flows and reaches out to all of God’s people. He dwells in their very midst and promises protection and provision, new with every dawn.

We don’t know what 2016 has to hold but we do know that we can drink from the river of provision on a daily basis. May we meet God at dawn and drink in the deep cooling and sustaining waters which he provides to all who dwell in his city. This is his promise for 2016.


Lord, thank you for a new year and may it be a great year of trust in you.  Amen.

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