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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 46: Security with God


For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. According to alamoth. A song.


[Preliminary Comments: Clearly a song. The word alamoth only appears elsewhere in 1 Chron 15:20 and is of uncertain meaning. It is a psalm of reassurance or trust in God who is our help [v.1,2a] despite whatever else may happen in the world [v.2b,3]. God's river of life flows out from the Temple [Ezek 47] provides life for the city of God, God's dwelling place that can never fall [v.4-7]. God moves sovereignly on the earth [v.8,9] and calls all to realise who He is [v.10] and be secure in Him [v.11].



v.1,2 Letting God be our refuge means we need not fear


v.1  God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
v.2  Therefore we will not fear,


v.2b,3 It won't matter what is happening around you


though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
v.3  though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.


v.4,5 God's life flows where He is, Jerusalem is thus blessed


v.4  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
v.5  God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.

v.6,7 The world of men may be in upheaval but God is our protection


v.6  Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

v.7  The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.


v.8,9 Understand that God intervenes in this world to bring peace


v.8  Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
v.9  He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.

v.10,11 He calls us to be still and watch Him and thus realise we are secure


v.10  He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

v.11  The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.



[Additional Thoughts: Security, the psalm claims, comes from realising that God is sovereign ruler over all things, implied within the confidence with which the psalmist writes.]



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