To assure ourselves that God who has glorified his own name will glorify it yet again, and to comfort ourselves with that, Psalm 46:10, 11. Commentary on Psalm 46 View Bible Text . The crisis in this section is political, involving “nations” and “kingdoms” (verse 6); and we contemporary folk might think of what is often referred to as “the terrorist threat.”. Following this astounding bit of information is a very explicit invitation that is very frequently misunderstood: “Be still, and know that I am God!” (verse 10). In context, Psalm 46:10 is a command to the enemies that were warring against Judah during the reign of Hezekiah to cease battle. Because God claims the world and all its peoples, God can be trusted to be a powerful, protecting presence. EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS Verse 8-10. This conclusion is reinforced by the placement of Psalm 46. Except the verse isn’t talking to you, or even Israel for that matter. We may apply it to spiritual enemies, and the encouragement we have that, through Christ, we shall be conquerors over them. So, in addition to being a psalm of trust, Psalm 46 is also included among the Songs of Zion (see Psalms 48, 76, 84, 87, 122, 132). Early Christians recognized God’s utterly new and transformative work in Jesus Christ in Jeremiah’s description of the “new covenant.”1. Commentary on Psalm 46:1-5 (Read Psalm 46:1-5) 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. The promise is a timely one! 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). It’s a popular way to use Psalm 46:10, a kind of prayer that helps quiet the mind and focus on listening to God’s voice. One year ago, the world took note of an important anniversary. We might picture a disastrous tsunami, but the threat is even greater than this. The implicit, and often explicit assumption, is that “God is on our side.”. The sequence of Psalms 46-48 means that two Songs of Zion surround Psalm 47, an explicit proclamation of God’s world-encompassing kingship (see especially verses 2, 6-8). Although Psalms 46 and 91 are similar in several respects, the assurance is voiced in a different mode in Psalm 46, especially in verses 4-6, where the direct focus is on Jerusalem, “the city of God” (verse 4). Because of God’s powerful and protective presence, “we will not fear” (verse 2); and this is the same message delivered in 91:5, “You will not fear” (see also 23:4, another psalm of trust). The triumph of grace over law fanned the sparks of Luther’s troubled conscience into the blaze that became the Protestant Reformation. This is a study guide commentary, which means that you are responsible for your own interpretation of the Bible. The whole round earth shall yet reflect the light of his majesty. Tag Archives: Psalm 46:10. Jesus on Earth. August 14, 2020 on , Prayer by Marie Chapian. The Hebrew verb translated “shake” is repeated in verses 5-6 to emphasize the threat of instability (see “moved” in verse 5 and “totter” in verse 6); and “roar” in verse 3 recurs as “uproar” in verse 6. The good news of Psalm 46 is essentially the same as that of last week’s psalm (see Psalm 91:9-16, Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost) — that is, God is “with us.”1 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 … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 46" The central feature of Jerusalem was Mount Zion, the location of the Temple, “the holy habitation of the Most High” (verse 4). Bible commentary on the Book of Psalms, chapter 46, by Dr. Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics.