Psalm 46

God, Our Refuge and Strength



Psalm 46 is a powerful psalm that proclaims the unwavering trust in God as our refuge and strength. As we study this psalm from a New Covenant perspective, we will see how it points to Jesus Christ as our ultimate refuge and source of strength. We will explore the themes of God's presence and protection, finding peace in Him amidst chaos, and the exaltation of God as our sovereign Lord.

Section 1: God's Presence and Protection (vs 1-3)

"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, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Hebrews 13:5-6, "God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.' So we say with confidence, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?'"


Section 2: Finding Peace in God Amidst Chaos (vs 4-7)

"There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."

Talking Points:

Harmony: John 16:33, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."


Section 3: Exalting God as Our Sovereign Lord (vs 8-11)

"Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 'Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.' The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."

Talking Points:

Harmony: Philippians 2:9-11, "Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."



Psalm 46, interpreted through the perspective of the New Covenant in Christ, declares the steadfastness and refuge found in God amidst turmoil and chaos, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus.

The psalmist's affirmation of God as a present help and a refuge reflects our own experience of finding security and peace in Jesus, who is always with us and offers rest for our souls (Matthew 11:28-29, Hebrews 13:5-6).

The psalmist's proclamation of God's sovereignty and power over the nations prefigures Jesus' ultimate authority and rulership over all creation (Matthew 28:18, Revelation 19:16).

The psalmist's call to cease striving and know that God is God echoes Jesus' teaching on surrendering to Him and finding rest in His lordship (Matthew 11:29-30).

The psalmist's declaration of God's presence in the midst of upheaval and destruction points to Jesus as our Immanuel, God with us, who calms the storms of life and brings peace to our hearts (Matthew 8:23-27, John 16:33).

The psalmist's exhortation to behold the works of the Lord and be still invites us to fix our gaze on Jesus and find solace and strength in His presence (Hebrews 12:2).

Psalm 46 portrays the assurance of God's steadfastness, the refuge found in Him, and the ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ, our Savior, and Prince of Peace.