“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble….God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day…..The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress….He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46:1, 5, 7, 10-11 NIV

Observation-What does it say?

Most of the Psalms were written by King David, but there are different scholarly ideas about who wrote this one, Psalm 46. Regardless of the author, this Psalmist recognizes where his hope lies and wrote this song to encourage his audience to do the same. He describes His relationship with the Lord as one of refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble, as the One who keeps him standing firm, not able to fall. God is always with him/us and He is where we find true rest.  

Understanding– What does it mean?

A wise man (or woman) builds his house upon the rock.

When our foundation is built on Jesus Christ, we will stand firm even through life’s ups and downs.

““Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.” Luke 6:46-48 NIV

Life Application

Put our hope on the One true Rock, Jesus Christ. 

“…and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:4 NIV

I love the hymn, “ My hope is built on nothing less.” 

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name….On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.”

Through all of the hustle and bustle of the season, let’s rest in the true Reason we celebrate, Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior and King!

-Michelle Gaddi