Psalms 46

God the Refuge of His People.

1 God is our 1refuge and strength, A very 2present help 3in trouble.
2 Therefore * we will 4not fear, though 5the earth should change And though 6the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
3 Though its 7waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.
4 There is a 8river whose streams make glad the 9city of God, The holy 10dwelling places of the Most High.
5 God is 11in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will 12help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations 13made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He 14raised His voice, the earth 15melted.
7 The LORD of hosts 16is with us; The God of Jacob is 17our stronghold. Selah.
8 Come, 18behold the works of the LORD, Who has wrought 19desolations in the earth.
9 He 20makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He 21breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He 22burns the chariots with fire.
10 "Cease striving and 23know that I am God; I will be 24exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
11 The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.

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Psalms 46 Commentary

Chapter 46

Confidence in God. (1-5) An exhortation to behold it. (6-11)

Verses 1-5 This psalm encourages to hope and trust in God; in his power and providence, and his gracious presence with his church in the worst of times. We may apply it to spiritual enemies, and the encouragement we have that, through Christ, we shall be conquerors over them. He is a Help, a present Help, a Help found, one whom we have found to be so; a Help at hand, one that is always near; we cannot desire a better, nor shall we ever find the like in any creature. Let those be troubled at the troubling of the waters, who build their confidence on a floating foundation; but let not those be alarmed who are led to the Rock, and there find firm footing. Here is joy to the church, even in sorrowful times. The river alludes to the graces and consolations of the Holy Spirit, which flow through every part of the church, and through God's sacred ordinances, gladdening the heart of every believer. It is promised that the church shall not be moved. If God be in our hearts, by his word dwelling richly in us, we shall be established, we shall be helped; let us trust and not be afraid.

Verses 6-11 Come and see the effects of desolating judgments, and stand in awe of God. This shows the perfect security of the church, and is an assurance of lasting peace. Let us pray for the speedy approach of these glorious days, and in silent submission let us worship and trust in our almighty Sovereign. Let all believers triumph in this, that the Lord of hosts, the God of Jacob, has been, is, and will be with us; and will be our Refuge. Mark this, take the comfort, and say, If God be for us, who can be against us? With this, through life and in death, let us answer every fear.

Cross References 24

  • 1. Psalms 14:6; Psalms 62:7, 8
  • 2. Deuteronomy 4:7; Psalms 145:18
  • 3. Psalms 9:9
  • 4. Psalms 23:4; Psalms 27:1
  • 5. Psalms 82:5
  • 6. Psalms 18:7
  • 7. Psalms 93:3, 4; Jeremiah 5:22
  • 8. Psalms 36:8; Psalms 65:9; Isaiah 8:6; Revelation 22:1
  • 9. Psalms 48:1; Psalms 87:3; Psalms 101:8; Isaiah 60:14; Revelation 3:12
  • 10. Psalms 43:3
  • 11. Deuteronomy 23:14; Isaiah 12:6; Ezekiel 43:7, 9; Hosea 11:9; Joel 2:27; Zechariah 2:5
  • 12. Psalms 37:40; Isaiah 41:14; Luke 1:54
  • 13. Psalms 2:1, 2
  • 14. Psalms 18:13; Psalms 68:33; Jeremiah 25:30; Joel 2:11; Amos 1:2
  • 15. Amos 9:5; Micah 1:4; Nahum 1:5
  • 16. Numbers 14:9; 2 Chronicles 13:12
  • 17. Psalms 9:9; Psalms 48:3
  • 18. Psalms 66:5
  • 19. Isaiah 61:4; Jeremiah 51:43
  • 20. Isaiah 2:4; Micah 4:3
  • 21. 1 Samuel 2:4; Psalms 76:3
  • 22. Isaiah 9:5; Ezekiel 39:9
  • 23. Psalms 100:3
  • 24. Isaiah 2:11, 17

Footnotes 10

  • [a]. Or "Abundantly available for help"
  • [b]. Or "tight places"
  • [c]. Lit "seas"
  • [d]. "Selah" may mean: "Pause, Crescendo" or "Musical interlude"
  • [e]. Lit "at the turning of the morning"
  • [f]. Or "Gentiles"
  • [g]. Lit "gave forth"
  • [h]. Or "Which He has wrought as desolations"
  • [i]. Or "Let go, relax"
  • [j]. Or "Gentiles"

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Psalms 46 Commentaries