Let us pray for the speedy approach of these glorious days, and in silent submission let us worship and trust in our almighty Sovereign. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. The idea is of greatness and sufficiency of help. The meaning is, The God whom Jacob acknowedged, and whom he found to be his friend, is with us. Because the mountains were understood to be the foundations or pillars that held up the sky and anchored the dry land, the shaking of the mountains represents the very undoing of creation (see Psalm 82:5). The word “present,” as if he were near to us, or close by us, does not accurately express the idea, which is rather, that “he has been found” to be such, or that he has always “proved” himself to be such a help, and that, therefore, we may now confide in him. BibliographyClarke, Adam. Selah. Very similar language to that used here of the favoured church of the Messiah is used in Psalm 72:10. of the Messiah Himself. God is our refuge from change. The Bible abounds in language of this kind, showing the absolute power of God, or his power to control all the raging elements on land and ocean by a word. The first word, “refuge,” from a verb meaning to “flee,” and then “to flee to” - הסה châsâh - or to take shelter in - denotes a place to which one would flee in time of danger - as a lofty wall; a high tower; a fort; a fortress. Upon Alamoth - most probably denotes the treble, or part sung by female voices, the word meaning “virgins”; and which was sung with some appropriately keyed instrument (compare 1 Chronicles 15:19-21; see on Psalm 6:1, title). Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". BibliographyCoke, Thomas. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. It was evidently in view of trouble, or of some impending calamity; apparently some national calamity, or some time when the nation was in danger, and when it was felt that their only refuge - their last hope - was in God. "Commentary on Psalms 46:1". "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". This arrangement is almost certainly intentional, and it solidifies the symbolic significance of Zion as a witness to God’s universal sovereignty. when Sennacherib's forces were disastrously destroyed after having directly threatened the city of Jerusalem, and when the omnipotence of the God of Israel was underscored as it was on but few other occasions.'"[3]SIZE>. See Psalm 9:9, note; Psalm 18:2, note. This church of the future is fair; for she is expiated (Deuteronomy 32:43), washed (Isaiah 4:4), and adorned (Isaiah 61:3) by her God. The word rendered "present" - נמצא nimetsâ' - means rather, "is found," or "has been found;" that is, he has "proved" himself to be a help in trouble. present help — literally, “a help He has been found exceedingly.”. Luther, when in greatest distress, was wont to call for this psalm, saying, Let us sing the forty-sixth psalm in concert; and then let the devil do his worst. The title here is that which is assigned in the American Standard Version superscription, where it is also stated that the Psalm is for the Chief Musician, a Psalm of the Sons of Korah, a Song set to Alamoth, that latter word probably referring to the particular tune to be used for this psalm. Whether it be the ill-desert of my sin that alarms me, or the pollution of my sin that fills me with shame, or the strength of my sin that dismays me, or the attractions and fascinations of my sin that lure me, a safe stronghold my God is still. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-46.html. Rather, the promise of God-with-us comes in the midst of “the darkest valley” (23:4) and when the psalmist is “in trouble” (91:15). 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. Thus the city of Damascus is watered by streams or canals cut from the river Barrady, that flows down from the regions of Anti-Libanus. The river alludes to the graces and consolations of the Holy Spirit, which flow through every part of the church, and through God's sacred ordinances, gladdening the heart of every believer. Forget not the personal possessive word "our;" make sure each one of your portion in God, that you may say, "He is my refuge and strength." Psalms 46:47, Psalms 46:48 a Trilogy referring to the same event. A very present help - The word "help" here means aid, assistance. "Though the earth be removed," though the basis of all visible things should be so convulsed as to be entirely changed. Because God claims the world and all its peoples, God can be trusted to be a powerful, protecting presence. A very present; or, a sufficient, as this word is sometimes used, as Joshua 17:16 Zechariah 10:10. a very present help in trouble; whether inward or outward, of soul or body; the Lord helps his people under it to bear it, and he helps them out of it in the most proper and seasonable time: they are poor helpless creatures in themselves; nor can any other help them but the Lord, who made heaven and earth; and he helps presently, speedily, and effectually: in the Hebrew text it is, "he is found an exceeding help in trouble" (t); in all kind of trouble that the saints come into, the Lord has been found, by experience, to be an exceeding great helper of them; moreover, he is easily and always to be come at, and found by them for their help. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". The radical critic Addis, the conservative Leupold, and the current Dummelow all agree that the occasion was shortly after the destruction of Sennacherib's army before the walls of Jerusalem in 701 B.C. 1840-57. It tells us something of the government which Christ has been exercising over the world ever since the beginning of it, and which He is exercising over this world now. App-69. God, as he is not far off his people at such a time, so he needeth not much entreaty; but when we are nearest danger he is nearest to deliver, as in the gunpowder plot prevented eight or nine hours before it should have been acted; masses were sung in Rome for the prospering of it; but no prayers particularly made in England for the preventing, nor could be. (see the notes at that title), and also in the titles to Psalm 48:1-14; Psalm 65:1-13; Psalm 67:1-7; Psalm 75:1-10; Psalm 76:1-12; Psalm 87:1-7; Psalm 92:1-15; Psalm 108:1-13; and 1 Chronicles 15:20, where it is found in connection with the mention of certain singers or musicians, evidently referring to some kind of musical instruments which those who are mentioned used; “so the singers” Psalm 46:1-11:19, “Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, to sound with cymbals of brass; and Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, etc., with psalteries on Alamoth.” The word from which this is derived - עלמה ‛almâh - means properly a “virgin,” or a youthful spouse (compare the notes at Isaiah 7:14); and the phrase here, and in 1 Chronicles 15:20, would seem properly to denote “after the manner of virgins;” that is, with the female voice, answering to our treble or soprano, as opposed to the deep bass or baritone voice of men. See the notes at Psalm 18:2. This shows the perfect security of the church, and is an assurance of lasting peace. "Commentary on Psalms 46:1". BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. These situations are certainly bad enough, but the situations described in Psalm 46 are even worse. The title of the psalm is, “To the chief Musician, for the Sons of Korah, a song upon Alamoth.” On the phrase “To the chief Musician,” see the notes at the title to Psalm 4:1-8. "Commentary on Psalms 46:1". Let all believers triumph in this, that the Lord of hosts, the God of Jacob, has been, is, and will be with us; and will be our Refuge. Kingsley, The Water of Life, p. 228; H. Jones, Christian World Pulpit, vol. Here is joy to the church, even in sorrowful times.