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

  • Hans Aaland
    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
    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.
  • Patty Tozi
    Jesus is Love and compassion for us. Everytime you need Him read Psalms 23. You are never alone!!!
  • Patty Tozi
    God is love-- strength-- compassion-- he takes away the evilness that is so close at all times. he surrounds us with his mighty light!!! he listens to us when we are alone and sad. believe in his blessings and thank him. help others less fortunate-- to show him your love back. love him always!!!
  • Alex
    In Christ Jesus every day is the Sabbath,GOD wants every day Holy.When he said abide in me and i in you thats every day 24 7 Jesus said the Branches have to abide in the Vine 24 7 or there will be no fruit. His disciples followed him 24 7 not 1 day a week,they forsook everybody and every thing and followed him it was like a marriage. Even John said he that hath the bride disciples is the GROOM
  • Tkay
    If all the days of the week are holy then the Sabbath is holier, because its the only day in the bible which was blessed and sanctified after creation. Genesis 2 vs 2 n 3.
  • Bob scholebo
    I like soung 23
  • Melkages
    Yes, every day is a holy day. Yahushua went to the Temple every day to preach BUT the sabbath of Yahuwah is appointed by Yahuwah that every man should observe it. On that day, we do not but or sell, we worship and rest. It is the highest day of the week. Also, the sabbath is regulated by the moon. Stop using the gregorian calendar to calculate for the sabbath.
  • Melody
    God helps us when we have trouble.its wonderful we have churches around us to go to and there s always someone to help melody
  • Adaleh
    I hope everyone is having a good day night, I just got home from Church and I learned that God is with us even through hard-ships, I am only 12 but I am sooo thankful for the Lord Jesus. And we where in "Psalms 46."

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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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  • People
  • Treasure
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