Psalm 46 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

(Read all of Psalm 46)

Verse 2

[2] Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though — Though there should be nothing but confusion, and desolations round about us: which are often expressed by such metaphors.

Verse 4

[4] There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

A river — This may design the gracious presence, and blessing of the Lord, which is frequently described under the name of waters.

Make glad — Shall not barely preserve it from danger, but give great occasion for rejoicing and thanksgiving.

The city — Jerusalem, the place where God's holy tabernacle is settled.

Verse 7

[7] The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. /*Selah*/.

Raged — Against God, and against his people.

Uttered — He spake to them in his wrath.

The earth — The inhabitants of the earth were consumed.

Verse 8

[8] Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

Desolations — Among those who were vexatious to God's people.

Verse 9

[9] 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.

To cease — He hath settled as in a firm and well-grounded peace.

The land — Of Israel: from one end of it to the other.

The bow — The bows and spears, and chariots of their enemies.

Verse 11

[11] The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. /*Selah*/.

Be still — Stir no more against my people.

God — The only true and almighty God; your gods are but dumb and impotent idols.

Exalted — I will make myself glorious by my great and wonderful works.