Psalm 46

Psalm 46:1–11 ESV “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.

The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.

The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.

“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 fortress. Selah

I enjoyed reading through this sermon on Psalm 46 by David Mathis this morning. As Churches gather to worship we should be reminded that:

  1. God is infinitely strong.

  2. God is attentively present.

  3. God will be exalted.

Here is just one paragraph of the sermon that I think is of particular interest as we gather on the Lord’s Day:

Christians do not rally to a particular city; we rally to a particular person for refuge, strength, and very present help in trouble. And we do so together — to form a people. Which means the church is a critical context for finding joy in crisis. And this place, where God chooses to be present, in all his strength — once in ancient Jerusalem, and now in Jesus Christ, and his body — verse 5 says “shall not be moved.” Verse 2 spoke of mountains being moved into the sea. Verse 6 speaks of kingdoms tottering, that is, literally, being moved. Nature is moved, nations are moved, and verse 5 says God’s people, then in his chosen city, and now in his beloved Son, by faith, “shall not be moved" (Psalm 46:5).

Spurgeon has an excerpt of Jonathan Edwards notes on v.10 that I also found helpful to focus on God:

Verse 10. I am God.1. In that he is God, he is an absolutely and infinitely perfect being.

2. As he is God, he is so great, that he is infinitely above all comprehension.

3. As he is God, all things are his own.

4. In that he is God, he is worthy to be sovereign over all things.

5. In that he is God, he will be sovereign, and will act as such.

6. In that he is God, he is able to avenge himself on those who oppose his sovereignty. —Jonathan Edwards.