A NATION IN CRISIS (MOURNING)
September 16, 2001
"Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good
word makes it glad."
INTRODUCTION: This Psalm celebrates the presence of
Almighty God. As we read it we quickly sense the spirit
that inspired Martin Luther to write, "A Mighty Fortress Is
Our God." This psalm served as Martin Luther's favorite
This passage relates to a people in need. Only when they
are in distress do they need his special protection. They
always need Him, but they experience His presence
especially when they go through a period filled with
anguish and distress.
Psalm 46 reminds us that our God, in times of trouble, is
tried and true. This psalm describes a crisis that
involves meditation on the part of God's people and God's
response. This passage creates a reminder of the
instability and insecurity of this life.
The historical context may be that of the Assyrian army
marching southward through Syria into the land of Israel
and south into Judah. Remember, God dealt with the
Assyrians by sending down an angel to deal with the
besieging army. One angel! One night! And the mighty
army was no more. The jubilant city sang with hymns of
thanksgiving and praise.
I. GOD'S PROMISE FOR OUR DISTRESS. 1-3
In times of trouble you can count on the Lord. This is a
biblical testimony and a personal testimony.
1. HE IS OUR SHELTER. 1a
"refuge" - shield of protection; a place to go
quietly for protection; a place of safety.
HE IS OUR STRENGTH. 1b
His might is exerted against the enemy; He is our shield
and our sword; He protects us and fights for us.
HE IS OUR SUFFICIENCY. 1c
"A very present help" - an abundantly available help.
HE IS OUR SECURITY. 2-3
Our refuge in God is so secure that we have nothing to fear
though invasions come. Verses 2 & 3 are pictures of a ...
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