TO THE CHOIRMASTER. OF THE SONS OF KORAH. ACCORDING TO ALAMOTH. A SONG.
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
A few thoughts for meditation:
1) In what sort of situations does God promise to be a refuge for his people? (vs. 2-3, 6)
2) What is the result of the fact that God is in our “midst” and “with us”? (vs. 4-5, 8-9, 11)
3) In ancient times, when a people were under siege in a fortress, one main concern was running out of water. But in this psalm, God is not only “with us” and our “fortress”, but he is an abundant “river” and “streams” for us to drink. In what ways does God provide for us us when we are surrounded by trouble?
4) God is sovereign over all things and has promised be be present, protect, and provide for his people. So when trouble comes, how does God call us to respond? (vs. 2, 10)