“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Psalm 46, “God Is Our Refuge And Strength”

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“Song of Intercession,”  William McDowell

“Withholding Nothing Medley,”  William McDowell 

Selah – Is defined as a Hebrew word that has been found at the ending of verses in Psalms and has been interpreted as an instruction calling for a break in the singing of The Psalm or it may mean “FOREVER.” An example of Selah is seeing the term used seventy-one times in The Psalms in the Hebrew Bible.

Psalm – A Sacred Song or Hymn

“God Is Our Refuge And Strength,” Psalm 46:1) God Is our Refuge And Strength, A Very Present Help In Trouble.  2) Therefore will not we Fear, thought the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;  3) Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.  Selah.  4) There Is A River, The Streams Whereof Shall Make Glad The City Of God, The Holy Place Of The Tabernacles Of The Most High.  5) God Is In The Midst Of Her; She Shall Not Be Moved:  God Shall Help Her, And That Right Early.  6) The heathen 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.  

John Gill’s Exposition Of The Bible – v1, God [Is] Our Refuge And Strength  That Is, Christ, Who Is God As Well As Man, Is The “REFUGE” For Souls To Fly Unto For Safety; as for sinners, In A View Of Danger, Wrath, and Misery, So For Saints, In Every Time Of Distress; typified by the Cities of Refuge, under the Legal Dispensation; (See Gill on Psalms 9:9); And He It Is From Whom They Have All Their Spiritual Strength, And Every Renewal And Supply Of It, To Exercise Grace, Perform Duties, Withstand Enemies, BEAR THE CROSS PATIENTLY, Show A Fortitude (Courage) Of Mind Under The Sorest Distresses, And Hold On And Out Unto The End: In Short, HE IS THE STRENGTH OF OUR HEARTS, Under The Greatest Trials, Of Their (Our) Lives, Amidst The Greatest Dangers; And Of Their Salvation, Notwithstanding All Their Enemies;  A Very Present Help In Trouble;  Whether Inward Or Outward, Of Soul Or Body; THE LORD HELPS HIS PEOPLE UNDER IT TO BEAR IT, And He Helps Them Out Of It In The Most Proper And Seasonable Time: they are poor helpless creatures in themselves; nor can any other help them But The Lord, Who Made Heaven And Earth; And He Helps Presently, Speedily, And Effectually: In The Hebrew Text It Is, “HE IS FOUND AND EXCEEDING HELP IN TROUBLE” F20; In All Kinds Of Trouble That The Saints Come Into, The Lord Has Been Found, By Experience, TO BE AN EXCEEDING GREAT HELPER OF THEM; MOREOVER, HE IS EASILY AND ALWAYS TO BE COME AT (or TO GO TO), AND FOUND BY THEM FOR THEIR HELP (or OUR HELP IN TIMES OF TROUBLE).  Amen.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary –  v2, 3 earth be removed:   The Wording of vv. 2, 3 moves the Action To A Cosmic Level.  What if the struggle was not just an ordinary war with ordinary weapons?  What if the war involved even shaking the mountains and causing the seas to roar?  It makes no difference.  GOD IS A REFUGE FOR HIS PEOPLE AGAINST EVERYTHING ACTUAL OR IMAGINED.  v4, 5  God Is In The Midst Of Her:  The people do not have an Absentee Deliverer, A defense that is only sometimes present.  The Lord Lives With His People.  Consequently, HIS PROTECTION CAN BE COUNTED ON.  v6,7  The Lord Of Hosts Is With Us:  These Words form a Refrain (a Recurring Phrase) (see v. 11).  The pairing of the Words “The Lord Of Hosts” with “The God Of Jacob’ is notable in this verse and v. 11.  This Refrain Praises The Almighty, The Commander Of Heaven’s Armies, For Choosing To Live With The Descendants Of Jacob, His People.

Quest Study Bible – v2-3, “Was this an actual earthquake?”  Perhaps.  But Biblical writers often used poetic language, portraying political or social chaos as the shaking of the earth and seas.  The image of a trembling earth and sky was also used to describe the final tumult Of The Day Of The Lord (Joel 3:14-16).  v4, “The City Of God,”  Jerusalem, also called Zion.  The City Was Fortified By God’s Presence.  v5, “Is dawn the best time to get God’s Help?”   Not necessarily.  Attacks generally were launched at cities at dawn, allowing the entire day for the battle to be decided.  God’s Help Arrived On Time, At Break Of Day, just as the battle would have been starting.  God’s Help Comes When We Need It Most.  v6, “What international turmoil does this describe?”  It’s impossible to say.  There are no clues to identify the specific historical crisis that prompted The Writing of this Psalm.  In general, though, it covers several kinds of conflicts:  with nature (vv. 1-3), enemies (vv. 4-7) and the world (vv. 8-11). 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-5 This Psalm Encourages To Hope And Trust In God, In His Power And Providence (His Will), And His Gracious Presence With His Church In The Worst Of Times.  We may apply It To Spiritual enemies, and The Encouragement We Have That, Through Christ, We Shall Be Conquerors, Over Them.  He Is A Help, A Present Help, A Help Found, One Whom We Have Found To Be So; A Help At Hand, One That Is Always Near; We Cannot Desire A Better, Nor Shall We Ever Find The Like In Any Creature.  Let those be troubled At The Troubling Of The Waters, who build their confidence on a floating foundation; But Let Not Those Be Alarmed Who Are Led To The Rock (Christ Jesus), And There Find Firm Footing.  Here Is Joy To The Church, Even In Sorrowful Times.  The River Alludes To The Graces, And Consolations Of The Holy Spirit, Which Flow Through Every Part Of The Church, And Through God’s Sacred Ordinances (Laws), Gladdening The heart, Of Every Believer.  It Is Promised That The Church Shall Not Be Moved.  If God Be In Our Hearts, By His Word Dwelling Richly In Us, We Shall Be Established, We Shall Be Helped; LET US TRUST AND NOT BE AFRAID.  Amen.        

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