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Watch Queue Queue Therefore will not we fear — They that, with a holy reverence, fear God, need not, with any amazement, be afraid of any power of earth or hell. Reflection on Psalm 46 Below is a reflection written by Ann one of our worship leaders on Psalm 46. We’re in the middle of a tough trial now with this coronavirus pandemic. Psalm 46 divides into two stanzas each followed by a refrain (vv 7, 11), celebrating God as the true ‘fortress’ of protection for his people. Grace and peace. It is an evidence of a clear conscience, of an upright heart, and of a lively faith in God and in his providence and promise. 2 Therefore we will not be afraid, …” (CSB) God is our refuge, our safe place, our retreat, the place we go when we are afraid. the Lord. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Welcome to the Daily Reflection and Meditation on the Psalms with Tom. During the dark and dangerous periods of the Reformation, Luther would turn to his trusted friend Philip Melanchthon and exclaim: “Let’s sing the 46th Psalm, and let the devil do his worst!” It inspired his great hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” the holy dwelling place of the Most High. This psalm, in other words, has changed for me over the years. God’s word, and God’s love, are much like that river. A Personal Reflection on Psalm 46 – Tonya LaLonde, Follow My Pastoral Ponderings on WordPress.com. It is always there, and in some ways always the same. He who could sing other Psalms so well was fitly entrusted with this noble ode. Day 3 – Psalm 46:4-5. Psalm 46 Bible Commentary. hit the U.S. in a big way. Take a look at Psalm 46. God dwells in the Christian, so she cannot be moved. Day 1 – Psalm 46:1-2a. Grace and peace. Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God” Slowing down and listening to God speak through Scripture brings the text to life. God is our refuge and strength, a reflection on Psalm 46 Psalm 46 recognizes that life does have pain and disruptions. Psalm 46 - For the director of music. God has not left us alone. Psalm 46 when this crisis was beginning and encouraged us to memorize it. When all nations of the world see the power of God, they will exalt and honor Him as the one true God. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Thus, Yahweh is presented as “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Gordon Churchyard. I have divide the psalm up, referenced other scriptures and given some actions/reflections and the idea is for you to use this blog over the next 2-3 weeks to help you pray when you feel fear creeping in. Words in boxes are from the Bible. Day 2 – Psalm 46:2b-3 . 54 Views. God’s word, I realized, is much like a river. As Wales enters the final few days of the firebreak lockdown, and as England begins theirs, spend a few minutes with Hilary reflecting on Psalm 46 and the hope and comfort it offers in difficult times. Psaume 46 Ant: On lui donnera le nom d'Emmanuel. PSALM 46 OVERVIEW. Psalm 46 has been an important psalm to me for a very long time, and I want to share a few personal reasons why that is so. Psalms 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. the earth.”. I remember one of the first times I preached on this psalm as a pastor was right after 9/11, two years into my ministry. Psalm 46A Psalm of the sons of Korah. The translated Bible text has yet to go through Advanced Checking. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with my righteous right hand.” Pastor Ivey Rorie is currently pursuing her doctoral degree through CLU. Don’t fritter it away. Change ). These sons of Korah were Levites, who were involved in the musical aspect of the temple worship (2 Chronicles 20:19).The term ‘Selah’ which occurs at intervals is meant as a pause in the music to reflect. A Bible Devotion from Psalm 46 God is Our Refuge and Strength God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Here is the link: Sonnet for Psalm 46. It was sung and recited long before it was ever written down, it’s poetic style shaped by confidence in God’s protection from threats, whether from other nations or “Mother Nature.” God will help her when the morning dawns. Nous n'avons aucune raison de craindre, quoiqu'il puisse nous arriver: le monde peut trembler, les montagnes s'enfoncer dans les mers, les eaux mugir et bouillonner et leurs vagues gruger les montagnes ! I learn best by reading and writing. Reflections on Psalm 46 Final thoughts April 14, 2020 - J. Scott Duvall. Like most psalms, Psalm 46 originated in the life of the Israelite community. She shares a “Word of the Day” with Scripture reflections on her ministry website and below is a great post she wrote on one of the core verses in her Communion with God course: “Be still, cease striving, let go, relax, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10 expanded). And that, I believe, is the case for all of God’s word. And there is a lot of fear going around. Below are some excerpts from the sermon and his reflections on them. I shared a sonnet for this psalm earlier that reflected on this. He is -J Scott Duvall. Psalm 46 does not say that there will be no problems. The same words have offered different messages to me as I have needed them. It is always the same, and yet also changing to meet our needs. Psalm 46 – Confident in God’s Protection and Power. 4:51. or liturgical sign, perhaps calling for a pause. As followers of Jesus Christ, we know that our hope doesn’t depend on this world, especially when trials ambush us. best by reading and writing. Speaking of pauses, for all the evils that this virus brings, it does offer us a chance Read more May the Lord use this down I hope my reflections will encourage you and those you of walking with God and loving our family and friends. As time wisely. to slow down, think about what’s really important in life and build some healthy habits Watch Queue Queue. from Dr. Duvall's Psalm 46 series. Our pastor preached on Psalm 46 when this crisis was beginning and encouraged us to memorize it. But just how much security and what kind of blessing? Psalm 46 Reflection God is there in the isolation with his arms wrapped around us He is there in the challenges holding up our arms when they just want to fall He is there in the all, in the everything, in all moments With help facing devastation, and the troubles that lie ahead. Psalm 46 has a number of parallelisms and images that focus the thoughts of the psalmist on Yahweh as a strong, secure refuge and the rest of the world as chaotic uncertainty. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. It is a psalm that has spoken to me in many different ways, too. followers of Jesus Christ, we know that our hope doesn’t depend on this world, especially Psalm 46 is also the psalm that inspired Martin Luther’s most famous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” I remember traveling to Germany with my wife a few years ago and visiting the Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther was kept safe at a critical time in the Reformation. If God be for us, who can be against us? This is a Hebrew musical term that appears about 70 times in the Psalms. ( Log Out /  Psalm 46 is effectively written in three parts. Selah. We’ve never seen anything like this in my lifetime. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. We’re not entirely sure what it means, though it seems to be some kind of musical By Dr. J. Scott Duvall, J.C. and Mae Fuller Professor of Biblical Studies. -, Psalm 46 by two of my favorite musicians, Shane & Shane, A survey of Ouachita faculty and staff's Christmas traditions, If you can't see very far ahead, go ahead as far as you can see, Observing Advent: Finding peace in a turbulent world, God is our powerful refuge and strength, our stronghold (1, 7, 11), We stand empty in ourselves but strong in the Lord (5, 10). Our pastor preached on time in your life to draw you closer to him! But “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”–the hymn, which according to Ulrich Leupold, “more than any other epitomizes Luther’s thought and personal experience”–is a rather free paraphrase of Psalm 46. The congregation I was serving, First Lutheran Church of Ridge Manor West, Florida was having a service of prayer, at the invitation of the president, as most churches were. Bible > Bible Commentary; Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David; Psalm; Psalm 46; Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David << Psalm 45 | Psalm 46 | Psalm 47 >> (Read all of Psalm 46) Exposition - Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings Hints to the Village Preacher TITLE. reminding us of what is real and true: and the mountains quake with its turmoil. Title. One is Jehoshaphat’s deliverance from the combined forces of the bordering nations. In such times we often turn to the book of Psalms. Wonderful reflections on this marvellous psalm accompanied by lovely and interesting photos. ( Log Out /  It is our duty, it is our privilege to be thus fearless. Psalm Reflections | Ep 5 | Psalm 103. We will have times of trouble; of that we can be sure. (Isaiah 41:10). The world may be falling down around her, but the church will not fall. It is always there, always the same, and yet also always changing to meet our needs. A song. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. May I encourage you to use the words of Psalm 46 – a psalm written to help us overcome our fears and find refuge in our Almighty God. Right early would mean at the breaking of the day. It does seem that this Psalm was meant to be sung and it has been sung more recently. Editorial Note: It’s the middle of March 2020, and the coronavirus is beginning to Psalm 46:1-11 THERE are two events, one or other of which probably supplies the historical basis of this and the two following psalms. Words marked with a *star are described in the word list at the end. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. He is speaking to us profoundly in Psalm 46:1-11. As you read through the Psalm, slowly, reflectively, with your heart open and receptive to God, allow your gaze to fall on verse 10. That refuge is the promise and peace of the Lord. We live in a broken, sinful THEME AND REFLECTION TIME. After tears, prayer, and discussion, my wife and I decided to drive with our children through the night to be with my family in Connecticut. when trials ambush us. The biggest storm of my life occurred six years later, in October of 2007, when my sister, Dianne, suddenly and unexpectedly died. Representing healing and reflection resources for body and soul, the Psalms of the day have the power to reorganize our whole existence, thoughts and attitudes. He asks us to put down our weapons of war and stand in awe of Him and His mighty power. Mountains tumble into … The title of this psalm is To the Chief Musician.A Psalm of the sons of Korah. I leave you with Psalm 46 by two of my favorite musicians, Shane & Shane. This is a popular verse to comfort us and others. Another line of this psalm that I have been pondering recently is this one, “There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God.” I have had a chance to get out on the Uwharrie River in our canoe a couple of times lately, and I have been thinking about the nature of a river. ( Log Out /  We happened to be in the middle of a tropical storm the very day of our scheduled prayer service, and as I got ready for that service, I remember preparing my message thinking about another line in this psalm, “be still and know that I am God,” and thinking about how hard it is to be still and to trust when we are in the middle of a storm. Psalm 46:5 “GOD IS IN THE MIDST OF HER, SHE SHALL NOT BE MOVED, GID SHALL HELP HER AND THAT RIGHT EARLY.” Her in this verse is the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. By David’s time it seems they served in the musical aspect of … We’ve never seen anything like this in my lifetime. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Day 4 – Psalm 46:6-7 . Yes, we can echo the closing words of the psalm, “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Like all of the psalms, the forty-sixth psalm has been around for many centuries, and spoken to God’s people in countless different circumstances. Give God time and space to work deeply in your heart. Right away we get a threefold picture: God as “refuge,” “strength” and “help” (46:1). Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Dianne lived in Connecticut with her husband and six children, and my family and I were living in South Carolina at the time. I had selected this psalm in part because its wonderful opening words seemed so fitting at the time: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 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