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Discover the original intent of Scripture. Make good application to our everyday lives.
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Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
a helper who is always found in times of trouble.
2 Therefore we will not be afraid,
though the earth trembles
and the mountains topple
into the depths of the seas,
3 though its water roars and foams
and the mountains quake with its turmoil.
Selah

4 There is a river—
its streams delight the city of God,
the holy dwelling place of the Most High.
5 God is within her;
she will not be toppled.
God will help her when the morning dawns.

6 Nations rage, kingdoms topple;
the earth melts when he lifts his voice.
7 The Lord of Armies is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Selah

8 Come, see the works of the Lord,
who brings devastation on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease throughout the earth.
He shatters bows and cuts spears to pieces;
he sets wagons ablaze.

10 “Stop your fighting, and know that I am God,
exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”

11 The Lord of Armies is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Selah

The Original Intent

1) What are some base certainties made by the author of this psalm? 

The Bible never sugar-coats reality, which is a testament to its authenticity. Nowhere in Scripture will you find the idea that believing in Jesus will result in a life without trouble, in reality, it speaks of quite the opposite. Trouble will come, it’s absolutely certain, especially for those who choose Christ, because this world neither holds our citizenship, nor has accepted Christ as Lord.

The psalmist recognizes these realities, noting that whether it’s social, political, physical, or personal, unrest and uproar will assuredly happen. Coupled in tandem with this truth is the absolute certainty that our Savior God will never abandon us. He is continuously present in the midst of every circumstance, remaining sovereign over and through all, and ready to come to our aid.

The Everyday Application

1) What are some base certainties made by the author of this psalm?

To know the truths the psalmist so confidently proclaims, we must personally know the God who espouses those truth statements. The declarations of the psalmist are not merely ‘good theology’ he knows he should adhere to, these truths are tried and true. He confidently knows by experience that this Yahweh God is a delivering, present, helping God. The psalmist only knows this because he has engaged with God, in the middle of chaotic storms, and found Him to be wholly steadfast.

Because of how intimately and richly he has experienced relationship with God, the psalmist confidently states that he will not fear. This isn’t a hope-filled-bubble of wishful thinking, this is confident assurance. I have seen the Lord do the amazing, and I know He will continue to be good, holding true to His character.

Spending consistent time with the Lord in quiet, in reading His Word, in prayer, in solitude, in silence, here is where the relationship is built strong enough to weather the storms that will most certainly assail us. Are you ready to confidently sing with the psalmist, “I will not fear!”? Be encouraged that no matter how close you are to the Savior, there are always deeper depths to plunge with Him!

The Original Intent

2) What is meant by the river and stream descriptions?

Positioned in stark contrast to the opening paragraph of the psalm where the earth trembles, the mountains topple, the seas roar, and the mountains quake, the author paints a beautiful portrait of peace. Instead of chaos and fear, there is a city, a dwelling for community and unity; a place of delight. Rather than a raging sea, there is a life-giving river. The difference? God’s Presence.

Yahweh brings peace in the torrential waters. Yahweh brings delight instead of panicked fear. Yahweh brings solid, certain assurance, never worry and anxiety. His ways, His Word, His life-giving Presence bring about the lovely flowing rivers.

The Everyday Application

2) What is meant by the river and stream descriptions?

The heart of the believer is the dwelling place of the Lord God. From that center, and out of that relationship, His streams of delight bring refreshment, renewal, and true joy. Not just joy, but a giddy happiness, a deep-seated, awe-struck gaiety at simply being with the Divine.

When was the last time your heart leapt with delight for time with the Lord? When did you last feel the swirling chaos of life descending only to be drawn back into His presence where streams of life abound? His invitation is continually open, ready for you to accept. Won’t you come away with Him?!

The Original Intent

3) What important action does the author compel us to do as the psalm concludes?

The psalmist concludes with 2 important statements of action:
1)
“Come, behold the works of the Lord…” (verse 8
2) “Be still and know that I am God”.

This two-fold action step represents a beautiful, perpetual circle the psalmist discovered. Found within the glorious presence of the Almighty God, Yahweh Himself, by bringing himself to a place of total stillness and complete dependence on Him alone, the psalmist finds the only anchoring truth needed, “The Lord of Hosts is with us.” (Psalm 46:11)

As a result of being still with the Lord, drinking in His presence, and being fulfilled by His truth, the psalmist boldly declares, “Come, behold the works of the Lord!” (verse 8) Declaration to others of Who God is and what He has done is an incredible testimony of His work. This is worship to our God as well as a witness to a world lost in chaos and drowning in trouble without a fortress God.

The Everyday Application

3) What important action does the author compel us to do as the psalm concludes?

Do you feel dried up in walk with the Lord? You still love the Lord, but the wonder and the awe and the beauty have faded. The practice of sitting with Him, slowing in His presence, gazing at His glory, and taking in the truths of His word are the sparks that will set worship ablaze in your heart.

Worship for who God is while marveling with thankfulness at His mighty deeds will revive a tired, aching heart like nothing else.Paul reminds his audience, “Devote yourselves to prayer, stay alert in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2, emphasis mine)

A thankful heart activates the intimacy of our prayer life like nothing else can. What’s holding you back from thankfulness and sweet communion with the Father?!

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