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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

  • Ollie Turner
    Whever I feel like trouble is coming or it's near I run to this chapter because I can find comfort here
  • Max
    The Lord is with us No matter what. The Lord is our only light and refuge. The Lord lifts us from adversity. The Lord guides us through troubled waters. The Lord is God almighty. The one true God... The Lord of Hosts. I pray all will understand and take refuge of Gods merciful grace. Amen.
  • Nolwandle
    The Lord confirms that above all I see with my eyes I am being watched and will always be cared for by Him. In His strength and wisdom which surpasses my knowledge. Like a child I am because of Jesus. Stay encouraged and fully trusting.
  • Diana
    Stop, and acknowledge that He alone is God. No matter what circumstance life may bring we serve a God that is bigger than the adversity, bigger than that which we are facing, and He is well able to deliver us. We can rest in Him knowing that He is a God that ushers us into a place of peace, love, and joy if we acknowledge and trust Him. For He change the not.
  • Annie
    Whatever the situation is He will be there, he won't leave us nor forsake us.
  • Linda Johnson
    It's telling me to be still and have faith that I will be with you no matter what. No problem is too big, just keep the faith and know that I am God.
  • Tommy
    There is times that in our life, we need to get still before the Lord and reach out to him in prayer, lay aside time to seek him. Study God's word, for guidance, and be still and listen for his still calm voice that he uses. It is so soft in sound one can not hear when they should.
  • Lilian
    Be still and know that I am God. Whatever storms may come into our lives God is still on the throne We are still made victorious and the works of the defeated devil will always be crashed Abba Father is God and more powerful I will praise thee forever Selah amen

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Psalm 46 states that we are not to fear even if what should fall into the sea?
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