Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage:
[Psalm 46] Comment on this great song of confidence seems almost unnecessary so powerfully has it taken hold on the heart of humanity, and so perfectly does it set forth the experience of trusting souls in all ages and in tumultuous times. The system of the song is worth noting. It is divided into three parts. The first (verses 1-3) is the challenge of confidence. The second (verses 4-7) tells the secret of confidence. The third (verses 8-11) declares the vindication of confidence.
The challenge announces confidence in God as refuge and strength and very present help, and defies fear even in the midst of the wildest upheavals. In days when tempests shake loose all solid things and the restless waters roar and surge till mountains shake, the soul is confident. The secret of the confidence is the consciousness of the nearness of God. He is a river of gladness in the midst of the city. What matters the tumult around? The vindication of confidence is found in observing God’s activity in all surrounding things from this place of safety and strength within the city. The twice repeated refrain (verses 8-11) is full of beauty as it reveals the twofold conception of God, which is the deepest note in the music. He is the King of all hosts. He is the God of the individual. Scholars believe… that the refrain should also occur between verses 3 and 4. This certainly perfects the literary form and adds to the beauty of the psalm.
(G. Campbell Morgan, An Exposition of the Whole Bible (Fleming H. Revell Company, Westwood, NJ, MCMLIX), pages 237-238)
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