Posted: December 29,2008
Let us look again at this great Psalm 46, which I
have entitled A Mighty Fortress. This Psalm can be divided in
three stanzas by the word Selah. I turn our study to verses
4-7 which says, There is a river, the streams
whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the
tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not
be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen 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.
I want to look at this section under
the thought of The Stream Of The Mighty Fortress. Let us see
in verse 4 that it is An Unending Stream. In a time of war the
first thing the enemy would do from without is cut off the water
supply. This is the city of God. He is the designer, the creator, and
chooser of its inhabitants. He has placed within the city a river of
water that cannot be cut off. Jesus told the woman at the well, I
will put a well of water in you, ever gushing forth and you will never
thirst again. This city is a holy place and the habitation of
God. This city is none other than the church. To have God in us makes
us the church as powerful as the church in heaven. The stream speaks of
the fullness of God, the filling of the Spirit, and the furthering work
of sanctification. Lord, give me a thirst for this stream.
In verse 5 we are told it is An
Unseen Stream. The text says God is in the midst of her.
The gender is feminine. The church is always referred to as His bride.
He is the unseen power that dwells in the church. We are told she
cannot be moved. Martin Luther said to the Pope, If we in
the reformation fall so shall He that dwells within us. We are
assured of His help. We are slow to meet Him, but He is never tardy to
help us. He stands within to help us with strength or without to
destroy as he did in one night a 185,000 who arose against His people.
It may be dark all around His church but rest assured He will soon arise
as the Bright and Morning Star. It is always darkest before the dawn of
the Day Star.
In verse 6 we find An Uttered
Stream. There is a place in these verses, which is so powerful.
he uttered his voice,) The word uttered speaks of a word
from the mouth. At just a word from our Lord we are told the heathen
rage, kingdoms are moved, and the earth melted. Oh, what a powerful
Word we have in this book we call the Bible. May we preach and proclaim
this powerful Word. The Bible is such a neglected book. May we receive
it willingly, study it fervently, and live it habitually.
In verse 7 we find there is An Unconquerable Steam.
The one who lives in us is called The LORD of hosts, the God of Jacob,
and our refuge. These are all names of constant victory. He is the
one who will win all battles before they are fought. No wonder the
choir often singing this stanza must take a Selah break. They must
catch their breath and think upon these great truths of the Mighty
Fortress who is our God. When I think of this stream within us, I
say with the songwriter Channels only blessed Master, Flowing
through us, thou canst use us. Each day and every hour may I not
be a reservoir but may I channel this stream of a Mighty Fortress.