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1 (To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

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

8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

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

Commentary for Psalms 46

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

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.

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 46

  • Odebo mathew
    This Psalm 46 encourages us to be still and wait for the intervention of God in our situations, no matter what we may be passing through, He will surely come to our rescue, if we truely wait for Him, He will never diappoint his people.
  • Phronsie rollison
    Be still and know I am god reminds us that god is always around when we have faith in him
  • Harriett Washington
    I think it is the greatest chapter that represented my grand daughter who was tragically killed at the age of 7 1/2 years old and her classmates described her as Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God because that is who she trusted and believed in!
  • Missy
    Verse 9 brings out how real peace requires an end of war, not in just one region of the globe, but in all the earth. And how the weapons that are here on the earth will be destroyed so that mankind can live in peace.
  • Robert Van Der Walle
    It"s Me To Trust In The Lord Thy God. So Lets All Be Still And Give Praise To Our Heaven Father
  • Veronica
    Psalm 46 is very comforting to me, it brings peace to my broken heart.

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Psalm 46 states that we are not to fear even if what should fall into the sea?
  • Mountains
  • Towers
  • People
  • Treasure
  • Chariots