This psalm is a confession of confidence in God as our refuge, strength, and fortress in a time of the worst imaginable calamities- the shaking of the natural creation, and the fall of the nation. He is a stronghold into which we can flee and a source of inner strength by which we can face these troubles. The psalm is composed of 3 stanzas. As shown below, each stanza has a confessional statement that describes God being for us and with us in times of crises:
- (:1) God is our (for us) refuge and strength and ever-present help in trouble.
- (:7) The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
- (:11) The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
- And since God is for us and with us, we need not fear any present or future trouble.
God is a refuge that we can run to for comfort and security. There are those who look to their wealth to find security (Prov 18:10 “A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination”); but all the wealth in the world cannot help at the time of death or standing before God in judgment. Others trust in national security (Ps 20:7-8) or human relationships, but all of these can be taken away at a moment’s notice or are powerless to deliver. All power belongs to God. He alone is all sufficient, and His might and grace are equal to all emergencies. He is ever present with His people. He has been tried and proven to be faithful. He truly is our help in time of trouble. He is more present than the trouble itself, to comfort and succor us. His provision of grace is more than sufficient to meet our every need. It is like that river that flows from the very throne of God to refresh and gladden our hearts. The psalm ends by telling us to be still, to stop striving, to quiet our heart, and to know that Jehovah is God–to meditate on the realities of who God is, and what He has done on behalf of His people and what He is going to do in glorifying His name among the nations. Believer, live your life in the conscious reality that the Lord Almighty (Jehovah Sabaoth) is for you in Christ and will one day subdue all the hostile forces and rebellion of man forever, and establish His righteous Kingdom.