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.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
4 River fountains splash joy, cooling God's city, this sacred haunt of the Most High.
4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
4 A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 46:4
Commentary on Psalm 46:1-5
(Read Psalm 46:1-5)
This psalm encourages to hope and trust in God; in his power and providence, and his gracious presence with his church in the worst of times. We may apply it to spiritual enemies, and the encouragement we have that, through Christ, we shall be conquerors over them. He is a Help, a present Help, a Help found, one whom we have found to be so; a Help at hand, one that is always near; we cannot desire a better, nor shall we ever find the like in any creature. Let those be troubled at the troubling of the waters, who build their confidence on a floating foundation; but let not those be alarmed who are led to the Rock, and there find firm footing. Here is joy to the church, even in sorrowful times. The river alludes to the graces and consolations of the Holy Spirit, which flow through every part of the church, and through God's sacred ordinances, gladdening the heart of every believer. It is promised that the church shall not be moved. If God be in our hearts, by his word dwelling richly in us, we shall be established, we shall be helped; let us trust and not be afraid.