Posted: January 4,2009
Let us look one more time at the great wealth of
Psalm 46. It was a Psalm to be sung by the high soprano voices of the
temple choir. It is an exaltation of Him who is called by some The
Mighty Fortress. It is called by many Luthers Song. We
look this week to verses 8-11 and the last stanza that ends with the
word Selah. The text says, Come,
behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the
earth. 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. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted in the earth.
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
In this portion we are greeted with The
Sovereign Of The Mighty Fortress. I use the word sovereign
for it describes one who rules over all. Our God truly reigns over all
in heaven, in earth, and under the earth.
We see in verses 8-9 The Works Of
The Sovereign. In verse 8 we are given a two-part invitation that
is come and behold and man alone can do neither of
these. No man can come to the Father unless the Spirit draws him. The
Bible also says no man shall see the kingdom unless he is born
from above. The invitation is to look intently at the desolation (utter
destruction) that the Lord has caused in the earth. I was meditating on
Revelation, Chapter 18, this morning where God said that He would
destroy the great, rich, and mighty Babylon Empire in one hour. The
works of our Sovereign are worthy of our undivided attention. In verse
9 more of His mighty works are mentioned. He will make wars to cease,
break bows, cut spears asunder, and burn the chariots of war.
When we think of all wars coming to an
end, it can mean nothing but the Prince of Peace has come in a sovereign
reign over all the nations. All of the instruments of war will be
brought to silence and will totally disappear from the scene. Come and
look at the works of the Sovereign Fortress. I am glad I can sing, I
am hiding in Him, O blessed rock of ages, I am hiding in thee.
In verse 10 we are told of The
Waiting Before The Sovereign. David encourages us to be still.
The phrase means to be quiet before Him. It has the idea of setting or
fixing the heart upon one subject. In our fast paced world it is
extremely hard to just be still. The Psalmist tells us to be still and
know that I am God. The word know is a word
of intimacy between a husband and wife. I am convinced we cannot know
God in this fashion unless we are still before Him. It will involve
meditating and filling our minds with the words of God. In this time of
being still we will see the Lord exalted among the heathen and in the
earth. What a place to ever find God. The word exalted means
to be clearly high above all others as the sovereign ruler.
In verse 11 we find The Word From
The Sovereign. The title He takes is the LORD of hosts.
The title tells of the one who wins all battles before He fights them.
We find He is called the God of Jacob, and a refuge
for our soul and a defense in the cleft of the rock. He closes this
stanza again with the word Selah. (In the words of John
Phillips, Well, what do you think about that?) O for just a
word from God. Martin Luther said it best in these words, And tho
this world with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not
fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph thru us. The prince of
darkness grim, we trouble not for him, His rage we can endure. For lo!
His doom is sure. One little world shall fell him. Can we imagine
one little word from God will cause the devil to fail in his attack upon
us? Just think we have a Book full of the words of God.