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Psalm 46: A Song of Strength
A Song of Strength
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be shaken, and though the mountains be removed into the midst of the sea
3 Though the waters roar and are troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah
4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved. God shall help her, and that right early.
6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved. He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations He has made in the earth.
9 He makes wars to cease to the ends of the earth; He breaks the bow, and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.
10 Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the heathen, I will exalted in all the earth.
11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
Comments/Reflections (on each verse)
1 A great promise. Yes, God is our refuge and strength. He is a Very Present Help in times of trouble. In trouble, do you seek the Lord? He is your Saviour, your Redeemer, the One who delivers you out of all trouble (Psalm 54:7). Here we see that God is present in our trouble. Does He not say that He will be with us in flood and fire? Isaiah 43:2.
2 Let us hold fast to the Lord in faith. Where there is faith, there is no fear. See the picture here - the earth is shaken. Mighty earthquakes? Mountains are being carried into the midst of the sea! There is world-wide turmoil. Mountains in the Bible stand for the nations. It is a time of great trouble and upheaval.
3 The seas roar; the mountains shake. The waters and seas stand for the peoples of the world, Rev 17:15. An universal cataclysm is taking place. Everything is being broken up. It is a time of great tribulation. Aren't these things predicted in the Book of Revelation? But we will not fear (46:2), because the Lord is our Rock and our Refuge. He remains ever unshaken.
4 There is a river. Does this not speak of the river of the Holy Spirit? We see it in Revelation 22:1. There is the city of God, the heavenly Jerusalem. It is the dwelling-place of the Most High God. All this we find in Revelation 22:1-3.The Most High God (El Elyon) is the One who rules over all the nations.
5 God is in the midst of her. She shall not be shaken. Yes, God dwells in the midst of Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the holy nation comprising of blood-bought believers from all over the world. That is Zion, and Zion speaks of the church. And right now the church and the 'chosen generation, the royal priesthood, the peculiar people' of God (1 Pet 2:9) are going through many attacks of the evil one. But the Lord is by her side. The Lord is with us. And He will deliver us, at the nick of time. 'Just at break of day'. The long night will be over, and morning comes!
6 The heathen raged. The kingdoms were moved. Remember Psalm 2. It is the time of the great rebellion of the godless and unbelieving nations against God and His Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. But just as our Lord Jesus uttered one word and the roaring waves were hushed in the Sea of Galilee, so the Lord Jesus will once again utter His voice and the earth will melt. He will slay the wicked with the breath of His mouth. The great rebellion of the nations will be crushed. And then comes the Great White Throne Judgment!
7 Let us lift up our voices and cry, 'The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge!'. He is the Lord of hosts (armies). He has all the power. He has hosts of angels and heavenly and earthly powers. Satan can do nothing without His permission. Satan is already a defeated foe, because of the victory of our Lord at Calvary.
8 What a picture of the judgment of the Lord. What desolations He has made in the earth. Proud civilizations have been abased in the dust. The mighty Roman Empire came crumbling down. In recent times the Soviet Union broke into several pieces. The God of grace is also the God of judgment. Grace and judgment are two sides of the same coin.
9 He makes wars to cease. He destroys all the weapons of war. Does this not remind you of the wonderful words in Isaiah 2:4? - 'He shall judge the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.'
10 Be still, and know that I am God. What a great promise! Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, Exod 14:13. God is unruffled. He is the God of peace. Oh, that we had that peace, that stillness in our hearts. Unshaken by trouble, by enemy attacks, because He is the Almighty God, and He sits on the Throne of the whole universe. He will be exalted among the nations. Now who are we talking about? We are talking about the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is already enthroned, and He will be exalted among all. Psalm 2.
11 Once again, the song ends with a glorious refrain. The Lord of hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. The Mighty God, God of Jacob, our God, our Lord, our Saviour - Jesus Christ!
(These are just a few reflections on Psalm 46, which I hope will be a blessing to you as you read and meditate on this glorious song.)