Today I will share my thoughts on Psalm 46. This Psalm is likely most known for verse 10 but it is a rich chapter in whole. So, if you are feeling worn out, burdened, or anxious, find rest in this chapter of the Bible. Remind yourself of God’s character and presence. He & His word is water for the thirsty soul.
Verse 1. God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
When we feel attacked or when we feel nothing but weak, He is where we can run to for he his our safety, our refuge. Isn’t it amazing that God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the King of kings is our Helper? He wants to help each of us. He is powerful and strong & comes to our side in times of need & in want. He is always there, ever present, available at all times! You can approach God right now & He will be there waiting, listening & ready to help.
Verses 2-3.Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
When our lives are shaken, falling apart, troubles roaring around and fear has us losing our grip, we shall not fear. How? Why? Look up to the verse that was before it. He is our refuge and strength very present help in trouble. Often times we read these verses and that’s just it we gloss over them. We don’t see how they all work together. Notice at the end of verse 3, it says Selah.
Verses 4-9.There is a river whose streams she’ll make it glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved. God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nation’s raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Come, behold the works of the LORD, who has made desolations in the earth. He who makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.
God is steadfast, strong, calm, sure. The Holy Spirit dwells within us as God dwelling in his tabernacle. We have the calming life-giving water in each of us through the Holy Spirit. We can count on God because He is always with us. When He speaks, creation listens. It groans for his return. Nothing can stop God’s will.
Verses 10-11. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
In context of the chapter, these verses tell the nation to let go & let God do his work as conqueror in battle. Today, we can still use it for this context; the spiritual, physical, mental battles we are going through.
Notice that comma after be still. Commas separate ideas, add pauses, and help you to list things clearly. There is a reason it is there & the words are in this order.
Notice the order of this one phrase. Be still (comma).
The world is full of chaos, pain, war, desolation and desperation; surrender to him. Quiet your heart & mind. Be in His presence! Let our troubles fall from our shoulders onto His.
(and) KNOW. HE. IS. GOD.
He is the I AM. No thing, No one can stand in His glory. Know who He is. The Lord of hosts, who is with us. God, our refuge.
Lord, I’m so grateful for Your Word that helps us navigate through the storms & rough seas that we experience in life. I’m reminded today that Your strength, power, righteousness, mercy and love are without limits. I pray all of us would lean on You, not ourselves or others, but You, while we face the enemy. I ask that You mold my heart to be more discerning and sensitive to Your voice. I want to know You as Everlasting Father, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace. Thank You for the gift of Your Son so that we can experience everlasting life with you in glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.