Margin notes: Psalm 46

Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2  Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3  though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

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 her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
6  The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

8  Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9  He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10  “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
11  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

God IS our refuge, He does not provide one outside of Himself. He desires us to run to Him in everything.

God is our strength – He does not make US strong, He bids us to rely upon Him.

God is VERY present in our troubles. He is not far off. He remains with us at all times.

THEREFORE the Psalmist concludes: Since the One who made the earth is the one we run to when it crumbles beneath our feet; since the one who formed the mountains is our strength, when they begin to disintegrate; since He is ever with us though by all accounts we are to be overwhelmed and drowned – we will not fear. Our reality encompasses more than the created universe. We are loved by the Creator.

And therefore, we can “be still.” Be calm. Be comforted, in knowing that He is God.

That he WILL be exalted among the nations in due time.

That He WILL be exalted in the earth.

That He IS with us.

That He IS our fortress.


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