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

  • Carl Christian on Psalms 46:10
    EL is God the Father Elohim is the Trinity which is correct for Psalm 46:10?
  • Charlotte - in Reply on Psalms 46:10
    Elohiom is God and the angels.

    When God said let Us make man in Our image He speaking to His children.

    Proverbs is clearly El.

    Hebrew definition

    gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative:--angels, X exceeding, God (gods)(-dess, -ly), X (very) great, judges, X mighty.
  • Alex on Psalms 46
    Comment to WR about Abiding in Christ. WR Jesus says our relationship with Christ is like a branch and a vine,the branches have to abide in the Vine 24/7 or there will no fruit, IF THE BRANCHES do not abide in the Vine it dries up and dies and thats us we must abide in him continually,I was right its exactly like marriage made in heaven, You remember MOSES MARRIED ISRAEL TO GOD at Horeb with the blood saying this is what God has Enjoined unto you, and now we are married to Christ by a greater BLOOD, Enjoined means a marriage 2 becoming one . Jesus said i am the true vine and you are the branches abide in me and i in you. WR th disciples followed Jesus 24/7, they forsook ALL and followed him. We cannot follow Jesus 1 day a week it must be with all our hearts and minds etc we are the branches and he is that 1 true vine, even in the natural a branch and a Vine are 1.
  • Alex on Psalms 46
    Alex to WR ABOUT WHO IS THE BRIDEGROOM. WR i said when they asked John about Christ and his disciples, John replied he that hath the bride is the bridegoom.Who was it that had the disciples fllowing him ? Jesus, John was trying to tell them that it was Christ who was the bridegroom.John was just a friend of the bridegroom he said. And he said that his joy was fulfilled just to hear his voice ( his words, his seeds,ya remember jesus said b/c i have spoken these words ( his seeds ) sorrows have filled your hearts impling a spritual pregnancyWhen a woman is in travail she has sorrows till the Child comes then her sorrows are turned into joy,impling a spritual birth,the Child is the H.G. thats ye he said that which is born of the spirit is spirit thats our new innerman the H.G. WHICH MEANS ANOTHER COMFORTER ANOTHER CHRIST BORN IS US VIA HIS SEED THE WORD, They don't call him the bridegroom for nothin,he has a seed to sow in us sinners ( humanity ) That was the great Promise that Christ wd be be multiplied as the stars of heaven thus the sower and his precious seed sown is us sinners thats y the new birth is so important. We must be bornagain of an incorruptible seed etc which is the seed of the bridegroom. ok gbu WR
  • WR-- In Reply on Psalms 46 on Psalms 46
    To Alex, I would re read Exodus 20 Verses 8 through 11. The scripture is clear that The Sabbath is to be kept holy. You said the disciples followed him 24/7 like a marriage. In marriage there is only one day that is the anniversary for each couple. On that day most couples celebrate this day as special. A day that is set apart to each other as something special. I have to say your idea of John being the Groom is unusual also. John as a disciple,is a member of the Church. and the church is the bride of Christ. He is returning one day for his bride. The Church. God Bless you.
  • Mark on Psalms 46
    Bruce, I do appreciate your point about finding patterns where none exist but I think you dismiss this one too quickly. Shakespeare was a known writer at the time and it is possible he had something to do with the KJV translation of the bible. Perhaps this is his version of an "Easter Egg"? Yes, people try to make random correlations meaningful but that doesn't mean some correlations aren't actually revealing something interesting. I think one needs to look at the degrees of freedom needed for the explanation and context of the "coincidence" to separate random from intention. Age 46, Psalm 46, word 46 in and word 46 out spells the name of someone possibly working on the text? Not so random..
  • Moriarty on Psalms 46
    This edition of the bible was completed when Shakespeare was 46 years old. The 46th word from the beginning is "shake" and the 46th word from the end is "spear." This is either the world's greatest coincidence, or it is not. Do with this as you may.
  • Bruce - in Reply on Psalms 46
    While that's interesting, is it really the "World's greatest coincidence"? That someone found two words within a certain chapter of a book and tried to associate meaning to it? Someone can find such 'coincidences' with nearly any book, any writing, any author. Also the name isn't spelled the same. People claim to find all kinds of 'codes' elsewhere in the Bible too. Perhaps it's human nature to try to make random correlations seem meaningful. Wow, I just used 'the' four times, and the word four has 4 letters in it, which the Bible says the 4th day the moon was created which also has 4 letters! And there was a full moon tonight and now it's time 4 bed, wow!
  • Hans Aaland on Psalms 46
    Verse 6, where the river about making the children of God happy, says "The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted." You can see my comment on Psalm 55 where I refer to how important my writings are, and when I'm let out unexpectedly by the court, the heathen will rage, I might say I'm depicted in the Bible and will turn the world to the Scriptures. 1 here.
  • Muriel on Psalms 46
    In these restless days of so many loud voices, this Psalm is good to memorized and affirm to ourselves at all times, and to all others who shake with fear. Our God is GOOD, ALL the time. He is FAITHFUL! Declare His mighty works to all people.


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