Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ps 46

Ps 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
:2 Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
:3 though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
:4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
:5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
:6 The nations 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, who has made desolations in the earth.
:9 he makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.
:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will exalted in the earth!
:11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

This is headed as God the Refuge of His People and Conqueror of the Nations.

The writer looked to God for all kinds of help.

  1. First, God is a refuge. A safe place where we can run for protection.
  2. Second, God is a help. A source of inner strength when troubles come into our lives
  3. Sometimes God is a fortress. He shields us from the troubles.
  4. Sometimes God allows us to go through the trouble but He walks through it with us.

It is broken into three parts by the word Selah. It gives us time to think about what we just read or sang.

  1. Proclaims God alone is our refuge. Money, ability, social status, friends, family – none of these bring any lasting security and stability. Life changes ALL the time. The only true source of security is the unmoving and unchanging love of God.
  2. Next one proclaims the safety and security of dwelling in God's presence. For Christians that is the conscious awareness that God is always with us.
  3. The last one looks forward to the day in the future when all of God's enemies will be destroyed.   

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