June 2: SHABBAT – GOD’S PROTECTION

Psalm 46 is present as well as prophetic as it refers to the ultimate time of Jacob’s when God turns His vengeance on the nations for their treatment of Israel, albeit at the very last minute!

Note the Hebrew word translated as “refuge” in verse 1 is מחסה which comes from the root [hasa]. [Hasa] carries the action of decisively, actively seeking refuge as opposed to its synonym [betach], which is more an emotional security which comes from ‘rely on.’

The other two uses of “refuge” are a different Hebrew word, מִשְׂגָּב which pictures the security which comes from being in a high place, high above the enemy.  Israel is quite hilly and this word pictures fleeing into the highest place for safety.  In other words and in other Psalms we sing, “God is our Rock.”

Note: English translators have added the word “am” in verse 10. While it carries the correct meaning, how much stronger is the Hebrew reading:

BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I, GOD, WILL BE EXALTED.

 We can all be encouraged to know that in the end, God wins!

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PSALM 46

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

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