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June 2 - Evening

"God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

- Selah -

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress."

- Selah -

- Psalms 46:1-7

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Confidence Among the Chaos    

The eleven verses of Psalm 46 are presented in three parts with a Selah in place between each section for the worshipper to stop speaking (singing) in order to meditate on what has just been presented in the Word of God while the music continues to play. The sections are:

  • Creation - Psalm 46:1-3 is focused on the superiority of the Creator over the forces of chaos and the current instability of creation.
  • Jerusalem - Psalm 46:4-7 is focused on the security and peace in the city of God in the midst of the uproar of nations and the falling of kingdoms because God’s presence dwells in there.
  • History - Psalm 46:8-11 is focused on God’s ultimate victory and dominion historically on earth among the nations.

The superscript of the Psalm identifies this as a song written by Levites from the family line of Korah which was to be performed while accompanied by an alamoth, an unidentified musical instrument. The general congregation of worshippers would have joined in the singing of this song in national praise song since the first-person plural is used throughout the Psalm: “our”, “we”, “us”.

In the first section (46:1-3) the forces of chaos that were subdued in Genesis 1 continue to be a threat. Even though chaos gave way to the order implemented by the Creator, these forces continue to be maintained by God who is a source of refuge, strength and help for his people when:

  • The continental plates give way
  • The mountains tremble and tumble
  • The seas become tsunamis

In the worst case of natural disaster God is still present to help and provide refuge and strength for his people.

In the second section (46:4-7) the song turns to the security of Jerusalem, the city of God. Here there is an ever flowing supply of water from the Gihon Springs (which still flows today as it has for thousands of years). God’s presence among his people provides them with security, peace and provisions, but among the raging nations he raises his voice to melt the earth causing the nations to fall.

Those who know and trust God have security that goes beyond nature, politics and history. God is an ever present help with provisions that make glad the people of his kingdom.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"The proud person always wants to do the right thing, the great thing. But because he wants to do it in his own strength, he is fighting not with man, but with God." 
- Søren Kierkegaard
Something to Ponder??

1534 – In Germany and Switzerland the Reformation against the Catholic Church came from men searching the Scriptures and calling the church to return to a biblical foundation. But, in England King Henry VIII attacked Luther’s views in 1521 and was honored by the Pope as the “Defender of the Faith.”

Henry had married his brother’s widow (Catherine), but she had born no son, so Henry was attracted to the younger woman, Anne Boleyn. Henry petitioned the Pope for a divorce, but the Pope refused the divorce because he feared upsetting Catherine’s nephew, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

So, Henry took matters into his own hands by appointing Thomas Cranmer as archbishop. Cranmer then granted Henry a divorce, Anne had a daughter (Elizabeth) and the English Parliament passed the Act of Supremacy that declared King Henry VIII was the supreme head of the Church of England. In England there was not a rebellion against the Catholic Church (or, a Protestant Reformation), but a rebellion to make King Henry the “pope” of his own church in England and to grant him the divorce that he wanted.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Noutheteo (Gr) – Warn (Eng) – a Greek word which means “to admonish,” “to warn,” and “to exhort.” Paul uses this word in Acts 20:31 when he tells the Ephesian leaders that over a period of three years he did not stop “warning” (noutheton) them night and day.


The archaeological site of Tall el-Hammam (official Excavation Website) is a potential candidate for the site of Sodom and the historical events that made Sodom infamous. This is not the traditional site assigned to Sodom south of the Dead Sea, but Tel el-Hammam sets in the disk shaped plain SE of Bethel and Ai on the east side of the Jordan NE of the northern end of the Dead Sea. (Image here and here.)
This location fits the Biblical description. Archaeology has revealed a destruction layer of burnt ash one meter thick with burnt roofs, residences, jewelry, pottery, household items scattered among burnt human bones of the inhabitants. The remaining human bones are distorted by an apparent intense heat flash that came from the east and threw these bodies against the west walls of their residences. The flash heat that buried this site in ash and distorted human bones also did these things:

    • Turned Bronze Age (3300-1200 BC) pottery into glass which required a much higher heat than available in kilns of that time.
    • Soil samples reveal sand turned to glass as if produced by lightning or an atomic explosion
    • Some of the pottery not only melted into glass, but became so hot so fast that it bubbled like flowing volcanic magma in temperatures far above 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

    (Why Sodom is not here at Tall el-Hammam)

    (Support for Sodom at Tall

Confession to Action   Facts and Information

I will look to God for refuge in moments of disappointment, times of loss and
in the midst of national chaos.

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- Proverbs 17:4
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judges 21, Judges 21:19, Lebonah, Shiloah, land of Benjamin Fort Antonia, north wall of temple mount
Details of Fort Antonia labeled on a model showing the north wall of the 30-70 AD Herodian Temple Mount.
(Details here.)
The road in the land of Benjamin that goes from Lebonah to Shiloh in
Judges 21:19 where it is mentioned in an account from around 1090 BC. Notice that the modern road still follows a similar route since this
is the best route to travel through the land in this area.
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