Faith McCray ~ Assistant Editor:
Psalm 46 is a song. 1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; He lifts His voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 8 Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations He has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the shields with fire. 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
It is known to Christians that God reigns over His city, over the earth, and over all nations (vv.4-5, 10). Jerusalem is God’s chosen city; and He is the strength and refuge of His city (v. 1). God is within His people – not just watching over them, but present in the midst of them (v. 7). Nations around Jerusalem are in conflict, but the city of God does not fear. They know He is in control and just the sound of His voice can destroy the earth (v. 6). God’s people must be patient with him and allow him to be exalted among all of the nations (v. 10).
In the beginning, Israel had God as their king, but that did not satisfy them. They wanted a king they could physically see, so God sent His son Jesus to lead the people, and be their Savior – not from enemies, but from sin (Matthew 1:21). He reigned in a different way than all other kings did. His message was known as “the good news of peace” (Acts 10:36). He came to serve others, not to be served by others (Matthew 20:28).
Jesus, the king of the Jews, defeated death and now lives in the hearts of all of His believers (Galatians 2:20). He is with us at all times, and that will never change (Psalm 36:7; Hebrew 13:8). “Therefore, we will not fear” (v. 2). The people who continue to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will experience the comfort of His strength, His power, His protection, and His counsel. He is the one and only true King.