This psalm reminds me of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” the hymn which is a rather free paraphrase of Psalm 46. You will find this hymn in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, #504. Luther wrote this hymn to interpret and apply Psalm 46 to the church of his own time and its struggles.
Psalm 46 is God’s defense of the city of God and its people. Just as the psalmist tells the people that God is their refuge and strength, so God is also our refuge and strength. We just need to ask; don’t be shy.
We are reminded to “Be still, and know that I am God!” (verse 10) We must be still and listen, for God will be there with us always.
This psalm is used during times of struggles; it gives us strength and reminds us that all we need to do is listen, knowing that our loving God is always with us.
So let us sing boldly, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”
Gracious God, we know that you are our refuge and strength. Help us to ask you for help to get us through our struggles, for you abide with us always. Help us to remember to thank you for your many blessings. Amen. — DMF