Psalm 46 is a song of great comfort and confidence. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”. It defines God’s provision for us. Many psalms begin with the writer in crisis, facing an overwhelming situation. In this one, the writer recognizes that God is the answer to every situation:
- God is our refuge, a place of protection
- God is our strength, a source of power
- God is our help, an awareness that He is near
- God alone fills those roles, nothing else is needed.
Whenever we are in trouble or need of anything, we need to run to God. Far too often we want to run from Him, but that is the wrong response.
The psalmist has the utmost confidence in God. He knows that if God is refuge, strength and help, then even when facing the biggest crisis imaginable, He is the source of hope. “Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling”. It’s an if/then proposition. If God is all these things, then there is no other option that is even close. These are overwhelming and uncontrollable issues – but God is the Rock we can cling too even in the midst of disaster.
The psalmist paints a beautiful picture of our God. “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns”. The river is a picture of abundant and constant provision to His city. God lives there and is not leaving. He stands ready to help and take action. His presence permeates all and He will not be moved. God is prepared to be our advocate and protector.
The secret to all of God’s power is found in this direction. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”! This doesn’t mean we stop and just stand still or sit in one place. We aren’t to go sit in our easy chair on the sidelines and just wait for God to show up and do His thing. It means we need to have a relationship with Him. We need to allow Him to be in control. To put it simply – we need to surrender to His will. This is about a relationship of submission to the Creator of the Universe and an acknowledgement that He alone is in control. He is able and sufficient to be our God. We need to put Him on the throne of our life and trust Him for who He is!