Psalm 46 opens as a statement declaring that “God IS our refuge and strength”! It’s not a question or a thought, it’s a statement of faith and conviction by the Psalmist. This opening line sets the foundation that everything is tested against, and every time God prevails. This is an encouragement to us to trust in God

Ps 46:2-3 talk about serious prevailing circumstances, watching the earth give way and mountains falling into the sea must be quite an uncomforting sight. Waters roaring and foaming? Not exactly a picture of smooth sailing. God is not only our refuge in these circumstances, He’s also our strength. Verse 1 says that He’s our “ever – present help” when we’re in trouble. Do you get better than someone who is always there, has strength and is our refuge? That’s our God!

Ps 46:4 declares “there is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where our Most High dwells. Could “the river” be alluding to the graces and consolations of the Holy Spirit that flows in the hearts of believers, filling our hearts with joy?

Ps 46: 6 -9 speaks of “nations in uproar, kingdoms falling”. All it takes is HIM to lift his voice and the earth melts, wars and turmoil cease. Why? Because HE is the Lord Almighty (v7), HE is our fortress, the God of Jacob.

Ps 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

Be still…and know…. This requires and action from us, in the midst of our prevailing circumstances we are too “be still and know”. We are required to draw aside, in the stillness HE is there (Ps 46:11), HE is God and HE is our REFUGE and STRENGTH!


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