Psalm 46:9-10 NIV 2011
He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
This Psalm celebrated Jerusalem’s security as the city of God. God is the final abettor. Isaiah 2:4, “He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples.” God rides with His people into battle. Hosea wrote of God’s might and the power He would use. Hosea 2:18b, “Bow and sword and battle I will abolish from the land, so that all may lie down in safety.” God entreats His people to pause and listen to Him. Psalm 18:46b, “Exalted be God my Savior.” God asks His people to be still for He is a mighty fortress.
“A Mighty Fortress is our God” was written by Martin Luther. He used Psalm 46 for his reformation hymn, written in German. After learning this I think of this Psalm each time I lift my voice and sing Luther’s great words. This song was used to martial and inspire troops during the Ottoman wars in Europe. Both the Psalm and the song remind me daily to be still and know He is God. He is the only unfailing, great and mighty fortress in my life.
Where do we see God’s might?