I am drinking a Sobe Fuji Apple Cranberry as I write this morning. The bottle says it has antioxidants in it. I’m not really sure what antioxidants are, but I know they are important. I also know they help to prevent bad things like cancer and other health problems. So I like what my Sobe bottle tells me.
When I read Psalm 46, I think of prevention of a different kind. It’s called faith, and it prevents fear and turmoil. Even when the earth shatters with news of cancer, or a tsunami, or the death of a loved one. I could use a dose of that.
“God is our refuge and strength . . . Therefore we will not fear . . .” (vv. 1-2).
The sons of Korah wrote this Psalm. Men who had seen, or at least heard firsthand reports of, the earth actually giving way (Num. 16:31-34). It swallowed up their ancestor, Korah, because he didn’t trust God’s sovereign hand. Instead of resting in the security of God’s provision, Korah led a rebellion and accused Moses and Aaron of taking authority that they did not have. In fact, Korah’s pride led him straight to the proverbial fall. Quite literally. A fall smack into the middle of the earth. No joke.
The sons of Korah knew about God’s sovereign power, and it made them sure of God’s always faithfulness. It made them certain of the security of His ever-present might. So they banked on God Himself. They took refuge in the only One who could hold them together anyway.
That’s how they could “not (be in) fear, though the mountains fall into the middle of the sea” (v. 2).
They knew that God Almighty was (and is) in control, no matter what. And they rested in that knowledge.
“Be still and know that I am God . . . ” (v. 10).
And the promise of His no-matter-what exaltation in the earth just serves as fodder for our own trust in Him.
“I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (v. 10).
Because God is in charge. Always. He is Sovereign. Never to be thwarted. He always prevails.
The Sons of Korah lived out the truths of this Psalm of faith. We can too. By drinking in the living water that comes from fellowship with God Himself, we can live in light of God’s sovereign strength.
We can be still. So that we don’t fear anymore. We can say in full belief, “The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (v. 11).