Psalm 46 – A Psalm of Comfort
1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth.
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.
10 ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’
11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Comments on the Psalm
V1–Big trouble, probably an earthquake, but God is there with you.
V2-3–More talk about the disaster (how often does the pandemic enter your conversations?), yet we need not fear because God is in the disaster (do you fear the outcome of this virus?).
V4-5–Even though we feel the pain and pressure of the disaster all around us, God is controlling the stream that passes through His City of God. He is taking care of His things even though the all around is the disaster (Are you stuck at home, fully well, and yet you know the virus is right over there outside of you yard? God is with you!).
V6-7–The other nations are panicking, afraid, and God does not keep the disaster from them, letting the Earth melt under their feet, and those kingdoms fall, but the Almighty God is with His people. (The other nations could be countries around the world, but also can refer to the people outside of God’s chosen, who are protected by God.)
V8-9–The Lord disables the armies of the other nations by breaking spears and shields instead of helping them. He is in total control and present with His people. (Don’t you feel His control of your life, your family? Look at the other people, hoarding TP and macaroni.)
V10-11– ’Be still, and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’(That is our command in times of big disasters or little problems, because “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
So, take some quiet time (even if the kids are home all the time now, maybe even with your spouse or other family members, or someone you need to care for, or whatever your situation), and pray and be in the Lord’s presence.
“Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purposes for me.” Psalm 57:1-2
—Elder Tom Sharp