Psalm 46

Passage: 

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
   though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 
though its waters roar and foam,
   though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
          Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy habitation of the Most High. 
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
   God will help it when the morning dawns. 
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
   he utters his voice, the earth melts. 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.
          Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord;
   see what desolations he has brought on the earth. 
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
   he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields with fire. 
‘Be still, and know that I am God!
   I am exalted among the nations,
   I am exalted in the earth.’ 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.
          Selah

Question: 

I have found this particular psalm to be extremely comforting over the years in overcoming some serious challenges. To learn and remember the meaning of certain words would help me to get a more in-depth understanding of what I am reading.

Comment: 

I can certainly understand why this psalm speaks to you.  It is very reassuring in its affirmation that no matter how chaotic things may seem in our mortal world, there is nothing to fear because in the spiritual dimension all is well.

The earth is indeed changing around us today. Certainly, there is much to be done on the human level to rectify situations and solve immediate problems. But it's important that we take the time to affirm that we cannot solve our problems by relying on our limited human abilities. No job, for example, can be a source of prosperity and security. God is the only Source that can easily, lovingly, and completely dissolve our needs.

This leads to the familiar word from God with which this psalm concludes:

"'Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.' The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge."

The "I AM" of your being—the Christ energy that is your true identity—is with you now and always. Centered in that absolute Truth, we approach any challenge without fear. Our confident request is "Show me the Good!" Because the Good—the Presence of God—is always there.

Blessings!

Rev. Ed