The good news of Psalm 46 is essentially the same as that of last week’s psalm (see Psalm 91:9-16, Twenty first Sunday after Pentecost) — that is, God is “with us.”. God is our refuge and strength - God is for us as a place to which we may flee for safety; a source of strength to us in danger. The nay-sayers today tell us that world peace is not possible, and that it is naïve even to envision the possibility. Divine grace like a smoothly flowing, fertilising, full, and never failing river, yields refreshment and consolation to believers. Nothing “could” furnish a clearer proof of the power of God to save, and of the propriety of putting confidence in him in times of national danger, than a survey of the camp of the Assyrians, where an hundred and eighty-five thousand men had been smitten down in one night by the angel of God. or, of. In this there is the general statement that God is a refuge and strength, and that the people of God would have nothing to fear though the earth should be removed, and though the raging waters of the ocean should shake the very mountains. There was a general convulsion or shaking among the nations of the earth. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. God is our refuge - It begins abruptly, but nobly; ye may trust in whom and in what ye please: but God (Elohim) is our refuge and strength. Is with us - Is on our side; is our defender. Copyright © 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2010 by, Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed. Israel's boast is in Jehovah, the only living and true God. The word “present,” as if he were near to us, or close by us, does not accurately express the idea, which is rather, that “he has been found” to be such, or that he has always “proved” himself to be such a help, and that, therefore, we may now confide in him. They earn their own ruin by the very laws of nature. Not celebrating a victorious campaign, but a successful defense. "Commentary on Psalms 46:1". 1828. The Syriac adds, "Taken in its prophetical sense, it alludes to the preaching of the apostles.". Having such a Being, therefore, for a protector, they had nothing to fear. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Compare the notes at Psalm 33:9. Compare Psalm 56:3. (b) In all manner of troubles God shows his speedy mercy and power in defending his. The earth might be changed, the mountains removed, the agitated sea roar and dash against the shore, but their minds would be calm. 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. he hath now manifested himself to be so by the course of his providence. Because the mountains were understood to be the foundations or pillars that held up the sky and anchored the dry land, the shaking of the mountains represents the very undoing of creation (see Psalm 82:5). BibliographyNicoll, William R. "Commentary on Psalms 46:1". The streams of His manifold grace make glad the city of my soul. Hebrew. ", Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. 1871-8. The word “song” in the title occurs also in that to Psalm 30:1-12. If this the divine interposition when Jerusalem was threatened by the armies of the Assyrians under Sennacherib, the force and beauty of the expression will be most clearly seen. And though the mountains be shaken into the heart of the seas; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled. To visit Jerusalem, to enter the Temple, was to be put in touch with God and with God’s claim on the entire world. This is what undergirded so much idolatry in the ancient world, even among God’s chosen people, and this is what undergirds idolatry today. 1917. He begins by premising that God is sufficiently able to protect his own people, and that he gives them sufficient ground to expect it; for this the word מחסה, machaseh, properly signifies. The theme may be stated in Luther‘s well-known words, “A mighty fortress is our God.” The great deliverance (2 Kings 19:35; Isaiah 37:36) may have occasioned its composition. Very similar language to that used here of the favoured church of the Messiah is used in Psalm 72:10. of the Messiah Himself. Have we work to do, a warfare to accomplish, and sufferings to endure? Mark this, take the comfort, and say, If God be for us, who can be against us? Nor is he without a knowledge of the truth, nor destitute of evidences of a saving interest in it. See the notes at Psalm 18:2. The promise is a timely one! 896. 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. Compare Psalms 46:5, "God shall help her at the dawning of the morning," with Isaiah 37:36, "Early in the morning they (i.e., Sennacherib's army) were all dead men"! God is our refuge, to whom we may flee, and in whom we may be safe. Be still - The word used here - from רפה râphâh - means properly to cast down; to let fall; to let hang down; then, to be relaxed, slackened, especially the hands: It is also employed in the sense of not making an effort; not putting forth exertion; and then would express the idea of leaving matters with God, or of being without anxiety about the issue. He knows what to do; he knows what course to steer; he knows the land to which his eyes are ever directed. "Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled." It was written in 1529.’. Ours is not the headlong rashness which passes for courage, we can calmly confront the danger, and meditate upon terror, dwelling on its separate items and united forces. Remember that the Lord is on your right hand; and then, and then alone, will you not be moved, either to terror or to sin, by any of the chances and changes of this mortal life. God is our refuge and strength — He hath manifested himself to be so in the course of his providence in time past, and he has engaged to be so in time to come, and will not fail to fulfil his engagement. BibliographyTrapp, John. There was to them an Infinite Protector; there were unfailing sources of peace; they had nothing to dread. The word rendered "present" - נמצא nimetsâ' - means rather, "is found," or "has been found;" that is, he has "proved" himself to be a help in trouble. It was true in the most eminent sense that God had always been found to be such a helper, and, "therefore," there was nothing to fear in the present distress. Verse 4. God alone is our all in all. Compare introduction to Isaiah 17:1-14. See Psalm 9:9, note; Psalm 18:2, note. Confidence in God. Kingsley, The Water of Life, p. 228; H. Jones, Christian World Pulpit, vol. "Commentary on Psalms 46:1". Nor is he without sword or shield, or the whole armor of God. People of all religious convictions still sing this mighty hymn all over the world. God shall help her out of her troubles, and that right early--when the morning appears that is, very speedily, for he is a present help (Psalm 46:1), and very seasonably, when things are brought to the last extremity and when the relief will be most welcome.

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