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Psalm 104:5

You set the earth on its foundations, so that it shall never be shaken.

When the ground shakes

Israel lived in an earthquake zone. They knew the ground shook. Amos 1:1 refers to an earthquake in the time of Uzziah, which may well mean that Isaiah’s vision in the temple (when the doorposts shook and the air filled with smoke) occurred during that earthquake.

So is the author, like most of us in California, conscious of earthquakes but living as though the ground were firm? Or is the author speaking of something much more profound – that the earth would not crumble and fall back into the chaos of the primordial sea?

Our lives are often shaken – by a death in the family, a disease, a family crisis, a national crisis, a failing economy, political uncertainty…we can make a pretty lengthy list. But faith confesses that the ground underneath the ground, the foundations upon which fragile life is set, these foundations are sure: the goodness of God, the goodness of created existence, the will of God to heal and save. Whatever earthquakes may shake our lives, there is a deeper foundation that cannot be shaken.

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