The psalmist envisioned a beautiful river that flows through the city of God, a place in which God has no enemies and where peace abounds. Right now you may be in the midst of tremendous struggle and difficulty, but inwardly that river can continue to flow. In spite of violent earthquakes, crumbling mountains, or roaring oceans (Psalm
46: 2-3), you can still enjoy perfect peace. “Be silent, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world” (v. 10).
Paul experienced the continual trouble of the outward man, but he never lost the inward flow of life. He said, “We are well known, but we are treated as unknown. We live close to death, but here we are, still alive. We have been beaten within an inch of our lives. Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything” (2 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Check your “river” today. Has it become choked and clogged by outward pressures, or is it still flowing freely? God lives in the city where the river flows. That city cannot be destroyed (Psalm 46:5), and neither can you if you remain in “the sacred home of the Most High” (v. 4).