Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength.
God is an ever-present help in trouble.
The LORD Almighty – the LORD of hosts, of heavenly armies – is with us.
God is our fortress.

These are facts about God celebrated in Psalm 45.

Facts are what we know to be true.

But when trouble comes, facts aren’t enough.
We need faith.

Faith is fueled by what we believe to be true for us.

And faith – the truth made personal – drives out fear.

So Psalm 45 is more than a collection of statements of fact about God. It is a declaration of personal faith in God, a refusal to fear even if the worst happens, a determined belief in God’s nearness and protection.

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
THEREFORE WE WILL NOT FEAR,
though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea. (v. 1-2)

The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. (v. 7, 11)

God’s presence is our greatest protection, our safest place.

We need to make the truth personal.
We need truth to fuel our faith.

God is my refuge and strength.
THEREFORE I will not fear.

God is an ever-present help in my times of trouble.
THEREFORE I will not fear.

Even if mountains crumble and seas roar, God is still with me.
THEREFORE I will not fear.

The LORD Almighty is with me. All armies answer to Him.
THEREFORE I will not fear.

God is my mighty fortress, my protection.
THEREFORE I will not fear.

Because I know and believe who God is, I will not run around in fear when trouble comes.

I will be still, confident that God is with me.
And I will join the nations in praising His name.

Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations;
I will be exalted in the earth. (v. 10)

Father, You are my refuge and strength. You are my ever-present help. You are with me. You are my mighty fortress. I place all my faith in You. No matter what happens today, I will not fear because You are with me. You are LORD Almighty. I will praise Your name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

psalm 46