He next concludes, by way of inference, that the faithful nave no reason to be afraid, since God is always ready to deliver them, nay, is also armed with invincible power. If God be in our hearts, by his word dwelling richly in us, we shall be established, we shall be helped; let us trust and not be afraid. "Concise Commentary on Psalms 46:4". Finding the new version too difficult to understand? 3. This shows the perfect security of the church, and is an assurance of lasting peace. The objective is to identify from the Bible, parables, prophesies etc to a dispensation. -- Fr. Imagining that they have only to do with men, they presumptuously assail them, and therefore the prophet here represses their insolence; and that his address may have the more weight, he introduces God himself as speaking to them. This shows the perfect security of the church, and is an assurance of lasting peace. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. 3,), "Dux inquieti turbidus Adriae,Nec fulminantis magna Jovis manus,Si fractus illabitur orbis,Impavidum ferient ruinae. But in the midst of the turmoil, God offers a point of stability that “shall not be moved” (verse 5; see Psalms 93:1; 96:10). From this we learn, that those persons err egregiously in the interpretation of Scripture, who leave in entire suspense the application of all that is said concerning the power of God, and do not rest assured that he will be a Father to them, inasmuch as they are of his flock, and partakers of the adoption. "Or, what deserts.". Be still [181] and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth [182] 11. Verses 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. us answer every fear. This shows the perfect security of the church, and is an assurance of lasting peace. Verses 6-11 Thus, in the midst of threatened danger, it may be employed by Christians to support their faith, hope, and peace. (6-11). The prophet, it appears, from one particular instance, designs to show in general how mightily God is wont to defend his Church. 8. Even in the midst of a pervasive cosmic threat, “we will not fear” (verse 2). marg. The surprising nature of this conclusion is captured by the seemingly satirical strategy in verses 8-10. We may apply it to spiritual enemies, and the encouragement we have that, through Christ, we shall be conquerors over them. ", [179] "Ou, quels deserts." -- French and Skinner. Come ye, consider the works of Jehovah, what desolations [179] he hath made in the earth. 7. Celebrating The Reformation -- Ainsworth. 7. of We might picture a disastrous tsunami, but the threat is even greater than this. ", "Let the wild winds that rule the seas,Tempestuous, all their horrors raise;Let Jove's dread arm with thunders rend the spheres; Beneath the crush of worlds undaunted he appears." -- Mudge. Let those be troubled at the troubling of the waters, who build their confidence on a floating foundation; but let not those be alarmed who are led to the Rock, and there find firm footing. In short, the Psalmist exhorts the world to subdue and restrain their turbulent affections, and to yield to the God of Israel the glory which he deserves; and he warns them, that if they proceed to act like madmen, his power is not enclosed within the narrow limits of Judea, and that it will be no difficult matter for him to stretch forth his arm afar to the Gentiles and heathen nations, that he may glorify himself in every land. I read Psalm 46 and thought straight away that it was a Millennium dispensation psalm but afterwards when researching bible commentaries, I couldn’t see that they saw Psalm 46 refer to the 1000yr rule of Christ. Let those be troubled at the 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. Let us pray for 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). He therefore says expressly that God acts in such a manner towards them, to let the Church know that he exercises a special care in preserving and defending her. Mark this, take the comfort, and say, If God be for us, who can be against us? But they who commit themselves to the protection of God, although in the estimation of the world they are exposed to every kind of injury, and are not sufficiently able to repel the assaults made upon them, nevertheless repose in security. The new covenant God makes with “the house of Israel and the house of Judah” (31:31) is both strange and familiar, rooted in and ripped from tradition. The prophet says expressly, that the city of God shall be glad, although it had no raging sea, but only a gently flowing stream, to set for its defense against those waves of which he has made mention. and consolations of the Holy Spirit, which flow through every It is promised that the 1706. The promise is a timely one! Those who anxiously seek to strengthen themselves on all sides with the invincible helps of the world, seem, indeed, to imagine that they are able to prevent their enemies from approaching them, just as if they were environed on all sides with the sea; but it often happens that the very defenses which they had reared turn to their own destruction, even as when a tempest lays waste and destroys an island by overflowing it.