God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
We need the truth and hope of this psalm right now. There is so much uncertainty and chaos in the world. Our teachers having to use a prolonged work stoppage just to be compensated fairly. Absolutely crazy weather. When faced with moments like these –and there have been many of late, we tend to get sucked into what makes us anxious. We take our eyes off what truly matters.
The writer of Psalm 46 is using hyperbole. To be sure, there are occasions when earthquakes and flooding serve as frightening
events that have great cost, but when David wrote these words, there were not great skyscrapers threatening to fall during an
earthquake. There were towns, villages and cities along bodies of waters and serving as ports, but not to the extent that we have today. There were not people in the millions or risk to tens of millions of dollars’ worth of property in risk of damage.
The function of the hyperbole in Psalm 46 is to remind us that the greatest threat to our lives cannot undo the protection and love of God. God will not leave us or forsake us; a promise God states numerous times in the scriptures.
So, do not despair. God is still in control, God is still watching over us. Whatever we are going through, we will find God faithful