A Study of Psalms 46
How can we be secure living in an unsafe world? The Psalmists tells us through their own experiences: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalms 46). That’s where we can find true security and peace. In Psalms 46, we are reminded of three things:
Our Security Is In God, Not In This World. We have only one source of security – God. When hurricanes or wildfires or earthquakes occur, when wars break out or governments fail, health deteriorates, friends betray or evil people do evil deeds, God is our only security. Despite all of our advances, our world is no safer today than it was when Psalms 46 was written. We need to turn to God, to find rest for our souls. The psalmists wrote, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10). The Bible also says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm” (Psalms 20:7-8).
Our Security Comes From Our Faith, Not From Our Circumstances. The writers of Psalms 46 were able to feel secure, not because of circumstances but because God was with them. God is within the city, and therefore it will not fall (Psalms 20:5). And, “The Lord Almighty is with us…” (Psalms 20:7). Our faith in the presence of God gives us hope and security. There are those who live in great prosperity with lots of money and possessions (good circumstances). Yet, their lives are consumed with worry and fear. “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endure forever” (Psalm 125:1).
Our Security Is In Eternity, Not In The Present. “Come and see the works of the Lord” (Psalms 46:8a). The fact is … ultimately, God wins. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). God works in all the situations of our lives to bring about His good.
As Christians, we understand that there is evil in the world, and also that we should take human precautions. But we also know that God is in the world and He is much stronger than evil. With God by our side, we can overcome the worst of circumstances, and we are assured of a home beyond this present reality. Larry Fitzgerald, Abilene, TX