A song declaring one age’s end and another’s beginning.
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountain slip into the heart of the seas; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.” (Psalm 46:1-3)
Over 12,000 recent quakes have been changing the earth on the Big Island of Hawaii. Neighborhoods destroyed as a mountain finds its way to slip into the sea. Have you seen the waters roar and foam? God alone is our refuge, our strength and help when the earth melts away. With Him we have no need to fear.
Prophets saw events in the future and wrote them down. Musicians received the words that they put to song. Even though clearly declared, they remain mysteries until revealed by God. The method of God’s promised salvation remained a mystery for generations until the advent of Christ. There remain mysteries to be revealed by God at the end of this age. And like the prophecies concerning Jesus, God’s hidden truth will suddenly become clear. Is this what is happening now? Psalm 46 is one of eleven songs of the son’s of Korah, Levitical musicians during the reign of King David. .
“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered; He raised His voice, and the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.” (Psalm 46:4-7)
How amazing is this song written three-thousand years ago. It describes the time after the earth’s judgement when the “river of the waters of life” flow from the throne of God, the salvation of those in whom God dwells, the Lord Jesus living with us and the dawning of a new age. One-thousand years later the apostle John was given a clearer vision that now helps us to understand the song of the sons of Korah.
“Then he showed me a river of the waters of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor he light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:1-5)
The rest of the song.
“Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has wrought desolations in the earth. He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire.” (Psalm 46:8-9) With the knowledge of this finality the song ends with assurance for those who belong to God.
“‘Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the Gentiles, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.” (Psalm 46:10-11)
Father, thank You for sending Your Spirit who opens our eyes to reality. Your words declare the future. An age will end and another begin. Help our faith find that perfect resting place, completely trusting our lives to You. We ask in Jesus’ name.
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.” (1 John 3:2)
“….., and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face,…..” (Revelation 22:3)