To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A song upon
1 GOD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God shall help her, and that right early. 6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved; he utters his voice, the earth melted. 7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. 8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. 9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
The following commentary is taken from Warren Wiersbe’s book ‘BE WORSHIPFUL’
Most people recognize this psalm as the basis for Martin Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God. The historical background is probably God’s deliverance of Jerusalem from the Assyrians in the time of King Hezekiah…….The emphasis in this psalm is on the presence of the Lord with His people (vv. 1, 5, 7, 11) and the difference it makes when we trust Him in the changes and difficulties of life. The psalm focuses on the Lord and what He is to His trusting people.
God Is Our Tower of Strength (vv. 1-3). The word translated “refuge” in verse 1 means “a shelter, rock of refuge,” while the word in verses 7 and 11 means “a stronghold, a high tower, a fortress.” Both words declare that God is a dependable refuge for His people when everything around them seems to be falling apart….He doesn’t protect in order to pamper us. He shelters us so He can strengthen us to go back to life with his duties and dangers…….He is an “ever-present help,” but He cannot work for us unless we trust Him (Matt. 13:58). The word ‘trouble’ describes people in tight places, in a corner and unable to get out; and when that occurs, the admonition is, “ Don’t be afraid!”…….Circumstances may change, but God’s covenant with His people will never change (Isa. 54:10). He is our high tower and our refuge in the uncertainties of life.
God Is Our River of Joy (vv. 4-7) The scene shifts into the city of Jerusalem, where the people are confined because of the Assyrian army camped around them. Water was a precious commodity in Palestine and especially in Jerusalem , one of the few ancient cities not built on a river. Wisely, Hezekiah had built an underground water system that connected the Spring of Gihon in Kidron with the pool of Saloam within the city, so water was available……But the psalmist knew that God was their river and provided them with the water of life……The commander of the armies of the Lord is always with us (Josh. 5:13-15), for He is “Immanuel, God with us”……..No matter what the circumstances, we may drink at the river of His joy and blessing and find the peace and strength we need.
God Is Our God! He Will Be Glorified! (vv. 8-11). The third scene is on the fields surrounding Jerusalem where the Assyrian soldiers lay dead, their weapons and equipment scattered and broken. There had been no battle, but the angel of the Lord left this evidence behind to encourage the faith of the people…….The Lord defeated and disarmed His enemies and destroyed their weapons, and they could attack no more. “Be still” literally means “Take your hands off! Relax!” We like to be “hands on” people and manage our own lives, but God is God, and we are but His servants. Because Hezekiah and his leaders allowed God to be God, He delivered them from their enemies……there is a time to obey God and act, but until then, we had better take our hands off and allow Him to work in His own time and His own way. If we seize His promises by faith with both hands, we won’t be able to meddle. God allows us to get in “tight places” so our faith will grow and He will be exalted…..People boast of great things they have done and never give God credit for anything, not even the strength and breath He gives them freely. But that will change. “The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day” (Isa. 2:11 NKJV)
I love verse 1. Once we have opened up our hearts to Jesus and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, He will always be here for us. No matter what we face, if we put our whole trust in Him, He will give is the strength to handle anything coming our way. He will never leave us and we must not leave Him.
I wish everyone a very blessed day.