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Pastor's Pen - June 22, 2007
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June 22, 2007

Psalms 46-50
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Chapter 46
  1. (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.
  2. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
  3. Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
  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.
  5. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
  6. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
  7. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
  8. Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
  9. 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.
  10. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
  11. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

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Chapter 47
  1. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.) O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
  2. For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.
  3. He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.
  4. He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
  5. God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
  6. Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
  7. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
  8. God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
  9. The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.

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Chapter 48
  1. (A Song and Psalm for the sons of Korah.) Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
  2. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
  3. God is known in her palaces for a refuge.
  4. For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.
  5. They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.
  6. Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
  7. Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
  8. As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.
  9. We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.
  10. According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.
  11. Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.
  12. Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
  13. Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.
  14. For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

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Chapter 49
  1. (To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.) Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:
  2. Both low and high, rich and poor, together.
  3. My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
  4. I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.
  5. Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?
  6. They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;
  7. None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:
  8. (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)
  9. That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.
  10. For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.
  11. Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
  12. Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.
  13. This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.
  14. Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.
  15. But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.
  16. Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;
  17. For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
  18. Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.
  19. He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.
  20. Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

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Chapter 50
  1. (A Psalm of Asaph.) The mighty God, even the LORD, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.
  2. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
  3. Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.
  4. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.
  5. Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
  6. And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.
  7. Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.
  8. I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.
  9. I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.
  10. For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.
  11. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
  12. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
  13. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?
  14. Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
  15. And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
  16. But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
  17. Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.
  18. When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.
  19. Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.
  20. Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.
  21. These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.
  22. Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.
  23. Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

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 Psalm 46 contains some wonderful promises concerning our Lord. The psalmist first mentions that the Lord is our refuge and strength. This principle applies regardless of what our circumstances might be. If I need to accomplish something, He is my strength. If I need to stand for something, He is my strength. If I am suffering from opposition, He is my refuge. In every situation of life I can find what I need in my Heavenly Father. However, the second phrase of verse 1 is equally important. God is a "very present" help. The word translated "very" carries with it a root idea of "vehement". "Present" means to "come forth". In other words, the Lord comes forth to help immediately and intensely when a crisis arises. This is very important. Humanly speaking, there are people that can help me in certain situations, but they are not always available or willing to do so. Others may arrive on the scene, but they may be tardy, or they make give the job less than their best. God is guilty of neither or those flaws. There is no time delay in getting a hold of the Lord, and His response is instantaneous. He never does any job half-heartedly, but rather with all the intensity of His Being. He does not only strengthen and secure me, He does it right now, and he does it the right way.

 Because of this, there is no need to fear, regardless of what may transpire. Environmental disasters (2-3) or man-made oppositions (6) make no difference to God, and it should make no difference to us. It makes no difference to God because He is the Lord of Hosts (7). He Who spoke the worlds into existence (Genesis 1:3) need only speak to destroy all His enemies (5). He Who has shown Himself mighty in the past (8) will show Himself mighty again both today and in the future.

 So, being armed with this information, what is the child of God supposed to do? Verse 10 tells us:

"Be still, and know that I am God."
The word "still" means to "slacken" or "cease". The psalmist is not writing here that we should give up; he is telling us to simply stop worrying and stop trying to solve our problems ourselves. So often we do everything in our power to accomplish God's program without God's help. We attempt to exhaust all our abilities and earthly contacts before we "contact" the One Who has the answers. We fret, we labor, we scheme, and nothing seems to work. God says, "Be still". He then adds, "And know that I am God". The key to being willing to be still is the realization of Who God is. While we all pay lip service to the attributes of God, do we really believe in them? Do we truly know God to be sovereign, omniscient, omni-present, and omnipotent? See, when I comprehend that the Lord has all power, I will learn to wait for Him to take care of things. When I see my inability as compared with His ability, I will no longer attempt to solve my own problems.

 God is always present and always available. When called upon He comes with intensity to the rescue. He has all the tools necessary to accomplish the task. Knowing this, may we patiently and calmly wait for Him to do what is needed.

Pastor Dr. Mark J Montgomery

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