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Psalm 46: God is a very present help in trouble

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Psalm 46 begins with a declaration: God is both very present and very helpful in our trouble. At times this is difficult to believe or to know. Sometimes a sufferer doesn't see or feel God's presence. They don't feel or see His help. God's presence begins with God's peace. This river is symbolic of the Holy Spirit working within the believer. Sometimes the river is a stream, sometimes it is a fountain. But this river within the believer gives peace, which is the greatest help, while all that is outside of the believer seems to be in apocalyptical disarray.

And this Psalm is nothing if not apocalyptical. Not only are the mountains falling into the sea and great earthquakes happening, there are nations in uproar and kingdoms falling. During such disasters, the believer needs God's peace within most of all.

Hebrews chapter 11 speaks of the many people "of whom the world was not worthy" who suffered and died. God did not rescue them. There is a mystery of evil in the world. Thus, James the brother of Our Lord, and St Peter were not rescued. Many Christian martyrs across the world are not rescued. They look forward to the city of God and the holy river that runs through it. Because of the peace within -- the river of the holy spirit within-- which is the foretaste of the heavenly city, they are enabled to hold on to their trust in God's love. It is only eternity that matters and when nations rise up against each other or against God, God's peace enables the believer to hold on. Whether the disaster is a temporary one where God will break the shields of the temporary enemy, or whether it is the last series of apocalyptical disasters, God is able to keep the believer safe. Safe from trouble, safe from apostasy, safe from fear -- even unto death. In the long run, it is God's kingdom alone that matters and He is exalted over all our fears and all the powers of the enemy.

1{To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.} God 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.



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