Psalm 46:4 ” THERE IS A RIVER, THE STREAMS WHEREOF SHALL MAKE GLAD THE CITY OF GOD, THE HOLY PLACE OF THE TABERNACLES OF THE MOST HIGH;” There is a river that brings great peace to the Christian. Try it free for 30 days. Advance your knowledge of Scripture with this resource library of over 40 reference books, including commentaries and Study Bible notes. 46 1-3 God is a safe place to hide, ready to help when we need him.We stand fearless at the cliff-edge of doom, courageous in seastorm and earthquake,Before the rush and roar of oceans, the tremors that shift mountains. God has a constantly flowing river whose sparkling streams bring joy and delight to his people. Here it nourishes the cornland upon which the precious crops are springing up; and there it affords a ready means of watering the carefully-tended garden. Then notice secondly, substantially the same general thought, but modified and put in plain words — THE INDWELLING HELPER. “But Now!” Purifying mercy: for it would be of little use if purity were not given as well as pardon. True liberty, true equality, true friendship and brotherhood, are to be found only in the Church of God. Its water is living water; which quickens dead sinners, revives drooping saints, secures from the second death, and gives eternal life; it makes all fruitful about it, or that are planted by it; the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God; the "streams" of this river are eternal election; the covenant of grace its blessings and promises; the provision and mission of Christ as a Saviour, and redemption by him; justification, pardon, adoption, regeneration, perseverance in grace, and eternal life; called "streams", because they flow from the fountain of divine love; and because of the rapidity, force, and power of the grace of God, in the application of them in conversion, which carries all before it; and because of the abundance, continuance, and freeness of them, and the gratefulness and acceptableness of them to those who see the worth of them, and their interest in them; see Song of Solomon 4:15; and these, when made known and applied, "make glad" the hearts of God's people under a sense of sin and guilt, under divine desertions, the temptations of Satan, and the various afflictions they meet with; for these are intended by "the city of God", as the church is often called, because of his building, and where he dwells, and where the saints are fellow citizens. 2. Of old, God spake through prophets; now he speaks in his Son. However large in its volume as it gets nearer the sea, every river is small in its beginnings. It includes all that Christ is and has, as made over to those who rely on him, for ever and for ever. In the previous verses you can hear the wild waves of the sea dashing round the base of the firm hills, sapping their strength, and toppling their crests down in the bubbling, yeasty foam. The Lord Jehovah has His palace within her; there He, at times, manifests the glories of His character and the splendour of His majesty. It is a city set on an hill that cannot be hid. XII. The subject of Psalm 46 is Yahweh, the Eternal and Most High God. Through Him it flows down to man. Psalm 46:4-5. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. ITS CHANNEL IS THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. In the end, God even speaks the promise: “Be still, and know that I am God.” To know, in Hebrew, does not mean just to acknowledge something intellectually, but to internalize or to embody the truth fully. What does selah mean? And when we hear our Lord say, "He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father," we know at once to whom to turn for the interpretation of that greatest of all words, "God." Begin reading God's Word ad-free with instant access to your new online study library. There is a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacles of the Most High. And it is a universal law — true for us as for Hezekiah and the sons of Korah, true for all generations. Just as the faithful Israelites drank of the spiritual Rock which followed them, and "that rock was Christ" (1 Corinthians 10:4), so with us to-day. Then mark how our text brings into sharpest contrast with all that hurly-burly of the tempest, and the dash and roar of the troubled waters, the gentle, quiet flow of the river, "the streams whereof make glad the city of God," the translucent little ripples purling along beds of golden pebbles, and the enamelled meadows drinking the pure stream as it steals by them. In like manner, however concealed, the grace of God is at work in the heart of every believer. THE SONG IS GRANDEST WHERE TROUBLE HAS BEEN THE GREATEST. The invitation is the imperative cry, “Come!” which occurs in Psalms 95 and 66 in calls to come, see what God has done, and therefore to praise God.
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