Psalm 46: Unshakeable City

If God is our shelter, how secure should we feel? Why should we stop and think about that?

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Psalm 46:1–3 To the minister of music, a soprano song for Korah’s people.
God is our shelter and strength, an abundant help in troublesome times.
Though the earth be shaken and the mountains brought level with the sea, we will not fear, not when the waves crash onto the shore and the rising waters of the tsunami shake the mountains. Pause to meditate on that.
King James
Psalm 46:1–3 <To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.> God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

How can water be a source of rejoicing?

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Psalm 46:4 There is a river whose waters bring joy to the city, the sacred place where the Most High God lives.
King James
Psalm 46:4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

In what ways does God’s presence affect people?

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Psalm 46:5–6 Because God is present, the city cannot be shaken. At the break of dawn, he is there to help.
The nations may rage against one another and kingdoms crumble, but at the sound of God’s voice, the earth melts.
King James
Psalm 46:5–6 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

Should people be threatened or thrilled at the presence of God and his mighty army? Why?

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Psalm 46:7 The Lord is present with his mighty army. God is an impenetrable fortress to protect his people. Pause to meditate on that.
King James
Psalm 46:7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

What are the most amazing miracles that God has done on Earth?

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Psalm 46:8 Consider what the Lord has already done, what amazing miracles he has done on Earth.
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Psalm 46:8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

If there have always been wars and rumors of wars, what is God doing to end the warfare?

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Psalm 46:9–10 He brings an end to war, breaking bows, snapping spears, and burning chariots in the fire.
Be still, calming yourselves in midst of your storms, and know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth.
King James
Psalm 46:9–10 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

How can we help ourselves by meditating upon God’s presence?

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Psalm 46:11 The Lord is present with his mighty army. God is an impenetrable fortress to protect his people. Pause to consider that.
King James
Psalm 46:11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.