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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

  • Damilola
    Comment* I So Much Believe In The Word Of God And It Always Helps Me And Leads Me To The Right Way Cos God Almighty Is My Refuge
  • Jim
    "Be still and know that I am God." Those words came to me at a time when my heart was trouble about a situation I was facing and brought me calm. Within a few days or weeks, I realised why God was asking me to be still. I will always remember these words. Be encouraged brothers and sisters!
  • Emelia
    God is all I need, God is all I want a and He deserve all glory honor and praise for all He have done for me . I read this psalm daily because it reminds me that God is always there for me.
  • Alvin Webster
    Today I received the message from God that He is in control of every aspect of my life, and I or we should trust His words(not our circumstances),that if we wait on Him,and stay in the faith,He shall direct our paths.
  • Ernest Robinson
    God take cares of his own. we may loose our home, our families, our Job all of our worldly position. we must still trust God, by giving him praise and worship. if God can give us good gifts , whenever the trials come just remember who gives the gift. there are no trials that come upon us that God will not sustained us. He knows what we can handle . the devil is a loser.
  • Leslie Brown
    As I read this psalms it resures me that my God with me. He is in control of my life I must put my trust in Him and he will direct my path. We live in a world where the devil is trying to be in control with what comes out of our mouths so me must alway speaking the word of our God. There is power in the word of God. Let all work by faith not by sight. We serve a might God in Jesus Mighty Name Amen
  • A disciple
    Hello Heidi; In composition of both music and prose; Selah indicates a pause or rest. It adds to understanding the Psalms by forcing you to pause to meditate.

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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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