The Lord Speaks Into Our Crisis
INTRODUCTION: Psalm 46 is a Psalm of Triumph. It extols the adequacy of God in facing great threats from nature and the nations as we have seen in history.
In James 4:6 the Bible teaches that ''He gives more grace.''
He Giveth More Grace
''He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace. When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father's full giving is only begun. Fear not that thy need shall exceed His provision,
Our God ever yearns His resources to share;
Lean hard on the arm everlasting, availing;
The Father both thee and thy load will upbear. His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.''
Proverbs 12:25 ''Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.''
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 psalm.
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 ...
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