Psalm 46 is often thought of as Martin Luther’s Psalm. When times seemed especially dark and depressing, Luther would invite his friend and coworker Philipp Melanchthon to join him in singing this Psalm.
Psalm 46 reminds us that God alone —not riches, skills, talents, education, family, friends, governments—is our refuge and strength even when it feels like the earth has given way and the mountains have collapsed into the sea (V.2).
Sometimes I just need to be still and know that God is God (V.10). I need to remember that this earth is not my home, nor is it heaven. In this already-not yet space where I pitch my tent, I find pain, suffering, sorrow, hurt, sickness, exhaustion—all reminders that I’m on the pathway home, but I haven’t arrived at my destination. How comforting it is to know that the Lord is on the path with me, speaking words of life along the way—therefore I will not fear (V.2).