During this coronavirus crisis, it is the Word of God that will feed our faith so that we do not fear.  It is meditating on Scriptures like Psalm 46that will calm our fears and assure us that all really is well…because we have a great God who loves us and who is in control of all things … even viruses.  It is in the Bible that we find real comfort and joy in the face of uncertainties.  If we want peace of mind, we have to take up God’s Word, portions like this, and pray them through our own souls, in faith and worship before our LORD.

It will help us to see the structure of this psalm.  There are 3 sets of 3 verses (1-3, 4-6, and 8-10) and a chorus that is repeated twice (7, 11). It starts out in verse 1 with exactly what we need to hear in these uncertain days. Psalm 46 is a banquetof security and confidence … if we’ll grab a plate and fill it up.    

1 God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. 2 Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas, 3 though its water roars and foams and the mountains quake with its turmoil. Selah

God.That’s where our focus needs to be.  Don’t spend your time with all the “what ifs” of life.  Look at all our God is described to be … our refuge, our strength, our helper.  If we have Him, why be afraid?  Even if the worst is possible, cataclysmic things happen to this earth … why be afraid if this God is our God?  Even if this world totally falls apart and becomes undone?  Why fear?  He is God!

4 There is a river—its streams delight the city of God, the holy dwelling place of the Most High. 5 God is within her; she will not be toppled. God will help her when the morning dawns. 6 Nations rage, kingdoms topple; the earth melts when he lifts his voice. 

What calm assurance to be led beside a soothing stream, a river of life and joy … it flows from the very throne of God.  It calls our names to come and sit, and to drink refreshing, life-giving waters. To drink from those waters is to drink in God Himself.  Let the nations rage all around us … we hear nothing else threatening as our souls are filled with Him … we are absorbed with listening to Him.  He’ll take care of all the threatening stuff; we can just enjoy His voice and hide ourselves in His loving omnipotence.

7 The Lord of Armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah   See verse 11

8 Come, see the works of the Lord, who brings devastation on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease throughout the earth. He shatters bows and cuts spears to pieces; he sets wagons ablaze. 10 “Stop your fighting(Be still),and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.” 

Our Father says to us, “Take your eyes off circumstances around and put them on me.”  Our tendency is toward frantic activity (I have to talk, I have to save the day) … or hopeless despair (no hope, self-pity).  The Almighty says, “Stop! Be still and know Me; I am God, the Creator, the everlasting God of all!”  We must actually stop, open our Bibles and meditate in the law of the Lord in order to rightly feed our souls. (Psalm 1)!

11 The Lord of Armies is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah

Double your security (vs.7,11), double your pleasure!  If this God is with us, what more do we need?  Are His armies not enough?  Is His stronghold not sufficient?  Can anything undo us if our God is covering and leading us?  Cuddle up under the wings of the Most High (Psalm 91), and feel so secure.

The answer to fear: 

Fill up your senses with this ever-sure, ever-sweet God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

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