2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a
river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within
her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in
uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
This psalm focuses on the all-encompassing character and nature of God, and how
we can trust in him in any situation. Why does the psalmist have so much
confidence in God?
when in greatest distress, was wont to call for this psalm, saying, Let us sing
the forty-sixth psalm in concert; and then let the devil do his worst.”
1. God is a refuge. A refuge was a place of protection when
someone was being hunted down. Fugitives
in the Jewish Law were given a place to hide out from those that wanted their
is a strength. “The earth be moved…the mountains carried…the waters roar…the mountains
shake: The psalmist considered the most frightening, humbling natural
phenomenon imaginable. He then made the reasoned estimation that God was
greater than them all, and fear before these in some way robbed God of some of
His honor.” (Guzik)
3. God is an ever-present help. God is not
distant or aloof, He is near us when we call on him, especially in prayer. The
secret of his confidence was the near proximity of God, and could be called on “right
here, right now”!
logic of psalmist flows from these 3 presuppositions. If God is a refuge, strength and ever-
present help He can be trusted even with life’s worst consequences. I.e. The
mountains give way and the waters foam.
you apply the character of God is in your life today? Where do you need his strength, refuge and
ever-present help? Go to him in prayer and seek Him, and He will be there for
you. He was faithful to Israel throughout
its history, and he will be faithful to you!