God Is Within Her: What Does Psalm 46:5 Mean?

Psalm 46:5, “God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.” King James Version (KJV)

TranslationPsalm 46:5
ESVGod is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
NASBGod is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
NIVGod is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
NLTGod dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it.

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God Is Within Her: Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

46:1-5 This psalm encourages to hope and trust in God; in his power and providence, and his gracious presence with his church in the worst of times. We may apply it to spiritual enemies, and the encouragement we have that, through Christ, we shall be conquerors over them.

He is a Help, a present Help, a Help found, one whom we have found to be so; a Help at hand, one that is always near; we cannot desire a better, nor shall we ever find the like in any creature.

Let those be troubled at the troubling of the waters, who build their confidence on a floating foundation; but let not those be alarmed who are led to the Rock, and there find firm footing.

Here is joy to the church, even in sorrowful times. The river alludes to the graces and consolations of the Holy Spirit, which flow through every part of the church, and through God’s sacred ordinances, gladdening the heart of every believer.

It is promised that the church shall not be moved. If God be in our hearts, by his word dwelling richly in us, we shall be established, we shall be helped; let us trust and not be afraid.

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Psalm 46:5 | Pulpit Bible Commentary

Verse 5. – God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved. While the world is being turned upside down (vers. 2, 3, 6), the Church is unmoved – since “God is in the midst of her.”

God shall help her, and that right early; literally, at the turning of the morning, or, in other words, “at the break of day” (comp. Psalm 30:6; Psalm 49:14; Isaiah 17:14).

The deliverance of Israel from Sennacherib came, it is to be remembered, when it was discovered “early in the morning” that in the camp of the Assyrians were 185,000 “dead corpses” (2 Kings 19:35).

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Daniel Isaiah Joseph

Daniel's seminary degree is in Exegetical Theology. He was a pastor for 10 years. As a professor, he has taught Bible and theology courses at two Christian universities. Please see his About page for details.

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