This conclusion is reinforced by the placement of Psalm 46. The situation in verses 4-6 is equally unsettling. To know that God is “with us” means not the courage to wage war, but rather the courage to wage peace! By itself, the verse seems pretty self explanatory- don’t worry Christian; just acknowledge God’s presence. Rather, it is a clarion call to the nations of the world for a universal cease-fire; and it would better be translated as “Stop it!” or more paraphrastically, “Drop your guns!”. Because of God’s powerful and protective presence, “we will not fear” (verse 2); and this is the same message delivered in 91:5, “You will not fear” (see also 23:4, another psalm of trust). It is not an invitation to quiet meditation or a slower pace of life. Let’s look at the whole psalm: Commentary on Psalm 46:1-5 (Read Psalm 46:1-5) This psalm encourages to hope and trust in God; in his power and providence, and his gracious presence with his church in the worst of times. The Hebrew verb translated “shake” is repeated in verses 5-6 to emphasize the threat of instability (see “moved” in verse 5 and “totter” in verse 6); and “roar” in verse 3 recurs as “uproar” in verse 6. Answer: This popular saying comes from Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God; / I will be exalted among the nations, / I will be exalted in the earth.” This verse comes from a longer section of Scripture that proclaims the power and security of God. But Psalm 46 is precisely God’s vision of a world at peace. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. The crisis in this section is political, involving “nations” and “kingdoms” (verse 6); and we contemporary folk might think of what is often referred to as “the terrorist threat.”. God present among His people. Each of … Although Psalms 46 and 91 are similar in several respects, the assurance is voiced in a different mode in Psalm 46, especially in verses 4-6, where the direct focus is on Jerusalem, “the city of God” (verse 4). It’s a popular way to use Psalm 46:10, a kind of prayer that helps quiet the mind and focus on listening to God’s voice. This is a study guide commentary, which means that you are responsible for your own interpretation of the Bible. The sequence of Psalms 46-48 means that two Songs of Zion surround Psalm 47, an explicit proclamation of God’s world-encompassing kingship (see especially verses 2, 6-8). In the midst of the threat of international and even cosmic chaos, God’s presence is the genuine source of “help” that offers the promise of being able to live without fear. The good news of Psalm 46 is essentially the same as that of last week’s psalm (see Psalm 91:9-16, Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost) — that is, God is “with us.”1 This message is reinforced by the refrain of Psalm 46 (verses 7, 11), and it is the central promise in the divine address that concludes … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 46" Because God claims the world and all its peoples, God can be trusted to be a powerful, protecting presence. Because the mountains were understood to be the foundations or pillars that held up the sky and anchored the dry land, the shaking of the mountains represents the very undoing of creation (see Psalm 82:5). As is the case with Psalms 23 and 91, the promise of God’s protective presence is not a guarantee of an easy, care-free existence. God’s “desolations,” it turns out, mean nothing short of the destruction of the implements of war, and indeed, the abolition of war itself (see Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-3). The central feature of Jerusalem was Mount Zion, the location of the Temple, “the holy habitation of the Most High” (verse 4). Jesus on Earth. (1-3) The help of God greater than any crisis. The surprising nature of this conclusion is captured by the seemingly satirical strategy in verses 8-10. Even in the midst of a pervasive cosmic threat, “we will not fear” (verse 2). The repetition of “help” (verses 1, 5) reinforces this conclusion. In short, Psalm 46 and the other Songs of Zion are ultimately proclamation of God’s universal reign. 1 Commentary first published on this site on Oct. 28, 2012. Commentary on Psalm 46 View Bible Text . Jesus on Earth. The good news of Psalm 46 is essentially the same as that of last week’s psalm (see Psalm 91:9-16, Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost) — that is, God is “with us.”1. Early Christians recognized God’s utterly new and transformative work in Jesus Christ in Jeremiah’s description of the “new covenant.”1. Except the verse isn’t talking to you, or even Israel for that matter. The promise is a timely one! Psalm 46 is fitting for Reformation Sunday because of Martin Luther’s enduring metrical paraphrase, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” Luther found in Psalm 46 the inspiration, courage, and energy to resist forces that seemed irresistible; and his resolute stand changed the Church and changed the world. To assure ourselves that God who has glorified his own name will glorify it yet again, and to comfort ourselves with that, Psalm 46:10, 11. The whole round earth shall yet reflect the light of his majesty. 1 Sermon – Psalm 46:10 – “YO!CHILL!” By Dr. Mark D. Liederbach SEBTS Chapel 3/24/2015 Psalm 46 (NASB) 1God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Following this astounding bit of information is a very explicit invitation that is very frequently misunderstood: “Be still, and know that I am God!” (verse 10). So, the psalmist and Luther together remind us that all things are possible with God! The naysayers today tell us that world peace is not possible, and that it is naïve even to envision the possibility. All the more because of the sin, and obstinacy, and pride of man shall God be glorified when grace reigns unto eternal life in all corners of the world. Psalm 46:10, is a popular verse for comforting ourselves and others—many people tend to think this verse means to rest or relax in who God is. This message is reinforced by the refrain of Psalm 46 (verses 7, 11), and it is the central promise in the divine address that concludes Psalm 91 (see “with them” in verse 15). But Psalm 46 does not promise the U.S. or any other sovereign state that “God is on our side.” Rather, it promises that God is “with us.” And contrary to what we often think or are told, this means not arming ourselves but disarming ourselves. Jerusalem and the Temple, although they were specific places, also functioned symbolically as visible signs of God’s presence and power. ... 46:10 46:11 46:11 46:11 READING CYCLE THREE (see "Bible Interpretation Seminar") FOLLOWING THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR'S INTENT AT PARAGRAPH LEVEL. The good news of Psalm 46 is essentially the same as that of last week’s psalm (see Psalm 91:9-16, Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost) — that is, God is “with us.” 1. August 14, 2020 on , Prayer by Marie Chapian. Evangelical Professor of Biblical Interpretation, A resource for the whole church from Luther Seminary. The triumph of grace over law fanned the sparks of Luther’s troubled conscience into the blaze that became the Protestant Reformation. But it is in the “fight” for peace that we can faithfully claim that God is “with us” (or even say genuinely that “God is on our side”). Countless strategists and politicians seek election and power precisely by playing upon what is usually called “the politics of fear.” We must not, they tell us, let the terrorists win; and this means arming ourselves and our allies in order to fight violence with more violence. Thus, Psalm 46, like Psalm 91, is often labeled a psalm of trust. To visit Jerusalem, to enter the Temple, was to be put in touch with God and with God’s claim on the entire world. People use it in the morning before getting out of bed, on the way to work, before a bible study, or as a reminder of the futility of the Assyrian invasion against Israel. One year ago, the world took note of an important anniversary. These situations are certainly bad enough, but the situations described in Psalm 46 are even worse. “Luther, when in greatest distress, was wont to call for this psalm, saying, Let us sing the forty-sixth psalm in concert; and then let the devil do his worst.” (John Trapp) A.