Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalms 46:10
Psalm 46 was written during a time of trouble. The Assyrian army was marching toward Jerusalem and unless God intervened, the city would be destroyed. Not knowing what to do, King Hezekiah prayed to God. “You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Now therefore, O Lord our God, I pray, save us… that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God, You alone.” (2 Kings 19:15, 19) God heard Hezekiah’s prayer and answered it by sending an angel to slaughter the Assyrian army. Psalm 46 was written as a way to celebrate God’s great victory. Consider these three great promises found in this psalm.
GOD’S PROMISE OF PROTECTION
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah (vs. 1-3)
A refuge is a place of safety and protection. Hezekiah found refuge in God and so can we. Regardless of what we may go through, God is with us, and He is ready to help us. God is our refuge and strength.
GOD’S PROMISE OF HIS PRESENCE
Although the Assyrian army had besieged the city of Jerusalem, leaving Hezekiah and his people seemingly without hope, the Lord spoke to Hezekiah and promised that the city would be secure because of God’s presence with them. This account can be found in 2 Kings 19:32-34.
In celebration of God’s assurance of His presence, the psalmist wrote, “There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah (Psalm 46:4-7)
GOD’S PROMISE OF HIS PEACE
Finally, the Lord said to His people, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah” (Psalm 46:8-11) God is saying to us, “Do not fret, fear or worry. Rather, have faith in My power, presence, and promise to help you.”
God bless you, Brethren.
* Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture is taken from the New King James Version.