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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 46

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Second Book of Psalms (c 42-72)
Message: God is Our Help (v 1-11)

Psalms 46 Commentary

(46:1) Hymns of Praise - Psalms 46 through 48 are hymns of praise, celebrating deliverance from some great foe. Psalm 46 may have been written when the Assyrian army invaded the land and surrounded Jerusalem during Hezekiah's reign (2 Kings 18:13-19:37). 

(46:1-3) No Need to Fear - The fear of mountains or cities suddenly crumbling into the sea as the result of an earthquake or a nuclear blast haunts many people today. But the psalm writer says that even if the world were to end, we need not fear. In the face of utter destruction, the writer expressed a quiet confidence in God's ability to save us. It seems impossible to consider the end of the world without becoming consumed by fear, but the Bible is clear- God is our refuge even in the face of total destruction. He is not merely a temporary retreat; he is our eternal place of safety and can provide strength in any circumstance. 

(46:4-5) A River of Life - Many great cities have rivers flowing through them, sustaining people's lives by making agriculture possible and facilitating trade with other cities. Jerusalem had no river, but it had God, who, like a river, sustained the people's lives. As long as God lived among the people, the city was invincible. But when the people abandoned him, God no longer protected them, and Jerusalem fell to the Babylonian army 

(46:8-11) The Lord is our Victory - War and destruction are inevitable, but so is God's final victory. At that time, all will stand quietly before the Lord Almighty. How proper, then, for us to be still now, reverently honoring him and his power and majesty. Take time each day to be still and to exalt God.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Fear Not

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 46. In our text today, we see a theme of God being our help, refuge, security, and peace. God's power is complete. He will not fail to rescue those who love Him. In applying, we see how the Lord is our protection, so we need not fear man or the enemy as we can rest in the Lord. How about you? Do you worry or allow fear to consume you? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that the Lord is in control, and we can rest in Him, free from worry or fear.


Psalm 46

Psalm 46

 1God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

 2Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

 3Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

 4There is a river, the streams whereof 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 shall help her, and that right early.

 6The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

 7The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

 8Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

 9He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

 10Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

 11The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.