Meditation and Prayer Journey – Psalm 46


Psalm 46

Scripture

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To the Chief Musician. [A Psalm] of the sons of Korah, set to treble voices. A song.

1GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas,

3Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

4There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High.

5God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her right early [at the dawn of the morning].

6The nations raged, the kingdoms tottered and were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

7The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our Fortress and High Tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

8Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has wrought desolations and wonders in the earth.

9He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow into pieces and snaps the spear in two; He burns the chariots in the fire.

10Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!

11The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge (our High Tower and Stronghold). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Related Scriptures:

There are a lot of related scriptures, take a look at some here (scroll to the bottom).

* NOTE: Other views expressed by those whose materials has been referenced here, do not necessarily reflect this author’s personal views.

Further Study

How do you know Him? – Psalm 46:10 written blog, “yada, yada, yada”

Psalm 46 – Though The Mountains Be Removed, Be Still – video devotional

Do Not Fear — A Better Way to Live (It Is Written with Shawn Boonstra) – video devotional

Study in Hebrew

Multi Media

Psalm 46 (Be Still) – music video of “Be Still”

God is Our Refuge and Strength (Psalm 46) – video, singing of Psalm 46

Psalm 46 – video, scripture text, background audio of “How Great Thou Art”

Be Still and Know that I am God – Psalm 46 – audio reading of Psalm 46

Tehillim 46 – Psalm 46 – video, English scripture text, Hebrew “singing”

Commentaries

David Guzik

Matthew Henry

Jamieson, Fausset & Brown

My Reflections

This Psalm somehow seem appropriate for today, not just this day specifically, but this time in the world. Yet, today especially because of things that are happening in the world. There is winter storms, a major tsunami, protests, wars, etc. Read it in the Message Version.

You know, I was thinking, if we really (REALLY) know that He is God … why would we fear? Isn’t that a contradiction? If we really (REALLY) know that God is WITH us … why would we fear? I am not typically a fearful person, I don’t tend to “worry” about too many things. But honestly, I don’t know if I could stand there while the earth gives way and watch the mountains around me fall into the sea and not be afraid. Seriously, could you?

Guess we have to work on that. Work on knowing (REALLY KNOWING) that the “Lord Almighty is with us.” Knowing that “God IS our refuge and strength.” Oh, notice that one … God is our strength. Not us. Because he is our refuge, our strength, and ever-present help in trouble – we will not fear. Not because we shouldn’t be afraid, but because of HIM.

Whoa!

Prayer

Father I thank you that you ARE my refuge, you ARE my strength, you ARE my help. Lord, give me your strength and your help to be unafraid when things around me seem to be crumbling into the sea and the waters rage around me. Father, take my hand and help me to be still, know that you are there, know that you ARE God.

Lord, I’d like to lift up all those in the world who are experiencing a storm right now, be it a literal storm (tsunami, earthquake); a mental storm (depression, oppression, anxiety, stress); a emotional storm (an emotional storm (loneliness, sorrow, loss), a financial storm (bankruptcy, loss of job); a physical storm (disease, pain, sickness, addiction); or any kind of thing that makes them feel as though the world is crashing down around them. Father, reach out your hand to them and part the waters for them and let them remember that You are the Lord ALMIGHTY and are with us. That You are the God of Jacob and You are our fortress. In Jesus Name, Amen.

If you are in the midst of a storm remember “Selah” (pause and reflect). Since there are three Selah’s in this short Psalm,  enjoy this mix of Selah songs and use them as inspiration to remember WHO God REALLY is and what He CAN Do!

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