God Is Our Refuge and Strength. While this earth and its seemingly immovable mountains will eventually pass from the scene (to wit, the earthly Tabernacle of Moses has already passed and is currently dust under the foot of man), the spiritual domain of the Creator in heaven will never pass. We now have before us two paintings, if you will, that are separate yet sequentially related. Trifles may be left to commoner songsters, but the most skilful musician in Israel must be charged with the due performance of this … Commentary on Psalm 46:6-11 (Read Psalm 46:6-11) Come and see the effects of desolating judgments, and stand in awe of God. The fourth or final level of scriptural understanding is the sod or hidden or mystical level. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Our God is a strong shelter and a rock of refuge in Whom we can hide during the storms and difficulties of life. I have been digging into this Rock of Ages daily for more than fifty years, and my heart and mind still tingle and pulsate with enthusiasm (please look up the meaning of the word enthusiasm for a cool nugget of truth that reveals why I purposely chose this word) when I discover new treasures therein. According to alamoth. Sorry, an error was encountered while loading comparison. I like Psalm 46, not just because it is prophetic, but because it has such a victorious theme. Share He who could sing other Psalms so well was fitly entrusted with this noble ode. The remez or hint level of this idea is that if we view the mountains as permanent, then how are we to view the governments and nations of this earth? This often involves understanding a biblical passage from an allegorical or homiletical level. On this next second canvas, the psalmist paints a picture of the city of Elohim in heaven, and which the book of Revelation prophesies is eventually coming to this earth. For example, even though Noah built an ark and survived divine judgment against men’s wickedness in it, there is an allegorical understanding to this story as well. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Psalm 46 – Confident in God’s Protection and Power. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields, He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”, Scripture quoted by permission. Noah can be viewed as a Messianic figure who saves those who believe his message of repentance and righteous living, and are thus accorded an escape from divine judgment, even as Yeshua the Messiah does the same for those who believe him and place their trust in him. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. Let’s now briefly unpack this most soul-inspiring verse. Suffice it to say, when one reads the psalms (or any scripture passage for that matter), to better discover the deep treasure hidden therein, it is beneficial to keep these principles in mind. In Hebrew, the word“be still” literally means “to sink down, relax, withdraw, let go or be quiet.” In other words, YHVH is encouraging the saint to chill out, to put it in modern vernacular! Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Like digging for gold, the deeper one digs into Scripture and the more time and effort one invests in the process, the more likely one is to pull the unspeakably valuable treasures out of the spiritual bedrock of the Bible. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. Although the different sections of Psalm 46 my seem disjointed and disconnected, the psalmist’s juxtapositioning of seemingly unrelated topics begs, or invites, the reader, like all thoughtfully constructed poetic literature, to reflect on, ponder and dig deep to discover the author’s hidden often enigmatic or verbally encrypted message. In the midst of this, YHVH encourages his people to “be still and now that I am Elohim” (Ps 46:10). An error occurred while accessing favorites. What we learn here is that Elohim has a heavenly army—he is YHVH of hosts or armies, and he stands behind his people to defend them. Psalm 46 has been a joy for me to study.