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Psalm 46 - God Our Refuge

INTRODUCTION: This Psalm has much praise to the LORD, and hope for the believer, even though the written content is brief. Throughout all generations the words can direct the thoughts of the believer to the security we have in the love of our Savior God. Some people may enjoy memorization of all of the verses in somewhat of a rhythmic manner like a song. Whether it is reviewed from memory or by returning to the written text to read it again; each time it is good to remember the word Selah is there that we may pause and give praise for the message up to that point about the one who is our eternal refuge and strength.

NOTE: Bible passages are from the World English Bible.

A - GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH

Psalms 46 "1 {For the Chief Musician. By the sons of Korah. According to Alamoth.Alamoth is a musical term.} God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we won't be afraid, though the earth changes, though the mountains are shaken into the heart of the seas; 3 though its waters roar and are troubled, though the mountains tremble with their swelling. Selah."

COMMENTS: If God is our ultimate refuge and strength, we have the only unfailing hope even in times of severe disruptions in our immediate environment, if great natural disasters occur, or even if there is world-wide violence and death. Other Scriptures give similar comfort to those whose ultimate hope is firmly placed in Yahweh God, and this has not changed throughout history.

Exodus 15 "1 Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to Yahweh, and said, "I will sing to Yahweh, for he has triumphed gloriously. The horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. 2 Yah is my strength and song. He has become my salvation. This is my God, and I will praise him; my father's God, and I will exalt him. 3 Yahweh is a man of war. Yahweh is his name."

Psalms 18 "2 Yahweh is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower. 3 I call on Yahweh, who is worthy to be praised; and I am saved from my enemies."

Psalms 62 "5 My soul, wait in silence for God alone, for my expectation is from him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress. I will not be shaken. 7 With God is my salvation and my honour. The rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God."

Proverbs 14 "26 In the fear of Yahweh is a secure fortress, and he will be a refuge for his children. 27 The fear of Yahweh is a fountain of life, turning people from the snares of death."

Isaiah 12 "2 Behold, God is my salvation. I will trust, and will not be afraid; for Yah, Yahweh, is my strength and song; and he has become my salvation."

2 Timothy 1 "9 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before times eternal, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Saviour, Christ Jesus, who abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the Good News."


B - GOD SHALL NOT BE MOVED

Psalms 46 "4 There is a river, the streams of which make the city of God glad, the holy place of the tents of the Most High. 5 God is in her midst. She shall not be moved. God will help her at dawn. 6 � The nations raged. The kingdoms were moved. He lifted his voice, and the earth melted. 7 Yahweh of Armies is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah."

COMMENTS: When David became king in Jerusalem and the ark of God came to rest in the tent David had pitched for it, there was much for Israel to celebrate. And when King Solomon built the temple from the plans Yahweh had given his father King David, and the great supplies that David had accumulated: this became a key point in the history of Israel for praise and honor to Yahweh, the King of kings. Other Psalms complement the content in poetic form, and even beyond that, the Holy Spirit guided the writing of Scripture so the text had meaning that could not be fully appreciated until the Word became flesh and dwelt among us to provide the way to everlasting life. Since Christ Jesus finished His work and returned to the right hand of the Father, New Testament passages expand the praise of this Psalm.

Psalms 2 "1 Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth take a stand, and the rulers take counsel together, against Yahweh, and against his Anointed, saying, 3 "Let's break their bonds apart, and cast their cords from us." 4 He who sits in the heavens will laugh. The Lord will have them in derision."

Psalms 48 "8 As we have heard, so we have seen, in the city of Yahweh of Armies, in the city of our God. God will establish it forever. Selah."

John 4 "13 Jesus answered her, "Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never thirst again; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.""

Revelation 22 "1 He showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2 in the middle of its street. On this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruits, yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 There will be no curse any more. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants serve him."

C - BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD

Psalms 46 "8 Come, see Yahweh's works, what desolations he has made in 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 in the 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 Yahweh of Armies is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah."

COMMENTS: Verses 8 through 11 may seem to best apply in the period of Israel's history under King David and of King Solomon. David had great success to establish power over the enemies of Israel during the 33 years he reigned as king in Jerusalem. David knew that Yahweh had provided everything to him as he dedicated the materials for the temple he was not permitted to build, but would be constructed while his son was king. It took seven years to finish the temple of Yahweh, and that was in the eleventh year of Solomon's reign since construction did not begin until his fourth year. During the reign of Solomon, there was much peace and prosperity, but the opposition to the rule of one king over all of Israel began near the end of his reign, and a division took place when Solomon's son became king. But over the many centuries since the writing of this Psalm, God is still the refuge and strength, and a present help for those who have placed their full trust in Him, for His kingdom is eternal and not limited to the physical realm.

1 Chronicles 29 "10 Therefore David blessed Yahweh before all the assembly; and David said, "You are blessed, Yahweh, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever." 11 Yours, Yahweh, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty! For all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, Yahweh, and you are exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honour come from you, and you rule over all; and in your hand is power and might; and it is in your hand to make great, and to give strength to all. 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank you, and praise your glorious name. 14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. 15 For we are strangers before you, and foreigners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no remaining. 16 Yahweh our God, all this store that we have prepared to build you a house for your holy name comes from your hand, and is all your own. 17 I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things. Now have I seen with joy your people, that are present here, offer willingly to you. 18 Yahweh, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of your people, and prepare their heart for you; 19 and give to Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, and to do all these things, and to build the palace, for which I have made provision.""

There are many Scriptures that I could have chosen, but below are portions of two more Psalms. Then I added two passages from prophetic writers that speak of the time yet to come in the "latter" days. The last two verses are from the New Testament to show that our eternal hope is secure when we place our confidence in our God and our King.

Psalms 57 "9 I will give thanks to you, Lord, among the peoples. I will sing praises to you among the nations. 10 For your great loving kindness reaches to the heavens, and your truth to the skies. 11 Be exalted, God, above the heavens. Let your glory be over all the earth."

Psalms 97 "9 For you, Yahweh, are most high above all the earth. You are exalted far above all gods. 10 You who love Yahweh, hate evil. He preserves the souls of his saints. He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. 11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. 12 Be glad in Yahweh, you righteous people! Give thanks to his holy Name."

Isaiah 2 "1 This is what Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 It shall happen in the latter days, that the mountain of Yahweh's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. 3 Many peoples shall go and say, "Come, let's go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths." For out of Zion the law shall go forth, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem. 4 He will judge between the nations, and will decide concerning many peoples; 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."

Micah 4 "1 But in the latter days, it will happen that the mountain of Yahweh's temple will be established on the top of the mountains, and it will be exalted above the hills; and peoples will stream to it. 2 Many nations will go and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths." For out of Zion will go forth the law, and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem; 3 and he will judge between many peoples, and will decide concerning strong nations afar off. They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war any more. 4 But they will sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and no one will make them afraid: For the mouth of Yahweh of Armies has spoken. 5 Indeed all the nations may walk in the name of their gods; but we will walk in the name of Yahweh our God forever and ever."

1 Timothy 1 "17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen."

Hebrews 1 "8 But of the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The sceptre of uprightness is the sceptre of your Kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows." 10 And, "You, Lord, in the beginning, laid the foundation of the earth. The heavens are the works of your hands. 11 They will perish, but you continue. They all will grow old like a garment does. 12 As a mantle, you will roll them up, and they will be changed; but you are the same. Your years will not fail.""

--- REFLECTIONS IN PRAYER ---

I thank you, Yahweh, that I can find refuge in you whenever I need strength to withstand things that would otherwise overwhelm me. You are always and everywhere present in times of need for those who trust in you. No matter how much the nations apart from God may rage, I know God will not be moved. Help me, Yahweh, to live in the truth that I can be still, and have the peace in knowing that you are God. Amen.

Published 21 June 2020