1871-8. There is also perfect freedom in this city; no galling shackles, no dreaded fetters, are employed to enslave, but every subject of Christ enjoys the sweetest liberty in walking according to the given law of heaven. In this volume he finds information for the mind, the strongest motives to Christian obedience, a sacred impulse to his zeal, an increasing ardour to his affections, and new encouragement for hope. He did so by Israel. 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. It is true gladness, the gladness of rational and responsible beings, the calm gladness of a relieved conscience, of an interest made sure in the great propitiation, of a conscious abiding under that light of God's countenance which makes over to us Heaven's best, and earth's best too — "Thou hast put gladness in my heart more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.". In the praise evoked.If God has given us reasons for joy, we ought to do all we can to increase the volume and force of the stream of joy rippling or rolling by to others. 1874-1909. Psalms 46:5 God [is] in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, [and that] right early.. Ver. As Eastern rivers are broken up into canals that are led off to each man's plot of ground. I. Psalm 46:5 Translation & Meaning. "God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved: "God shall help her, and that right early." Its waters, those barren, wandering fields of foam, going moaning round the world with unprofitable labour, how they have been the emblem of unbridled power; of tumult and strife, and anarchy and rebellion! The manner of it. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". IT IS A HIGHWAY by which great treasures are conveyed to us; and it is a great means of communication between us and heaven. The course of Gihon might have been diverted, might have been turned into a new channel. 6. And how many times this song has been sung by individuals, by families, by Churches, by nations, the closest students of history best can tell. Take the water of any river, fresh from its source, and you will readily perceive that it is pure in its nature. The waters of this Gihon were brought to Jerusalem by an aqueduct, and carried by conduits through the streets into the temple. Of old, God spake through prophets; now he speaks in his Son. It went through one of the high hills of Jerusalem. No doubt the inhabitants of Jerusalem drank of this river, and were glad. In the certainty of supplies. The water was brought into Jerusalem, and it was brought by human agency. ESV God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-46.html. It furnishes facilities for the transaction of business. And in "the new Jerusalem," the present "city of God," which Divine love founded, and which Divine power is building up, there still flows the deep, still, calm river of Divine peace and joy and love. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved. "The hills melted like wax; The mountains flowed down at Thy presence." True liberty, true equality, true friendship and brotherhood, are to be found only in the Church of God. #2 “she will not fall;” She cannot fall. With what vigour these hurried sentences describe, first the wild wrath and formidable movements of the foe, and then the one sovereign word which quells them all, as well as the instantaneous weakness that dissolves the seeming solid substance when the breath of His lips smites it! "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". Compare Exodus 14:27. The only way for the City to fall is if God ceases to be in her. 2. His cry is that now, “The dwelling place of God is with men.”. What does this verse really mean? 6. "Commentary on Psalms 46:5". 1599-1645. right early — literally, “at the turn of morning,” or change from night to day, a critical time (Psalm 30:5; compare Isaiah 37:36). Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. And he dwells amongst us for no other purpose than to preserve us uninjured. The gates of hell will not overcome it (Mt 16:18). 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.