Psalm 46

Today in church the message was on Psalm 46 – being still, and knowing that the Lord is our God.

Psalm 46

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.[c]

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.

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[d] with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Reading this psalm immediately reminded me of two songs I like.

This first video I just posted not that long ago. But I’m posting it again because, as you can tell, the song is heavily based on this psalm, with the first three lines nearly taken word-for-word.

I don’t think I’ve posted this next video yet, but it’s been one of my favorite songs for a while now. The song is also based heavily on Psalm 46, particularly the latter half. It’s not a coincidence that this song was played in service today. (I stumbled across this video of this little girl from Jakarta singing it. It’s cute.)

When the oceans rise and thunders roar

I will soar with you above the storm

Father you are king over the flood

And I will be still, and know you are God

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