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Why Psalms 46:10? For centuries Jews and Christians have turned to Psalm 46 to receive comfort, encouragement, and peace in the midst of life's trials. Each generation of Bible believers is tested differently. Depending on where we live today, our life trials will be different.

Globally, the world is being challenged by a worldview masquerading as a religion - Islam. Perhaps, as a result, many will begin again to turn to Psalms 46:10 and other passages in the Bible to find comfort because of the discomfort Islam is causing Christians. In this context, we as Americans, have a unique responsibility because our Founding Fathers set in motion the possibility of forging a country where freedoms would reign. With this opportunity comes a level of accountability. For these freedoms to be exercised, it is necessary for the rule of law to reign in the hearts of man. This rule of law finds its foundational source material in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The rule of law in Islam is vastly different!

In the course of human history, there have been a number of frameworks for building a rule of law. In 21st Century America there is an ongoing three way tug of war. Judeo-Christianity is at war with Islam and Secular Humanism or Political Correctness. Each of these three worldviews, with their own unique rules of law, is the mortal enemy of the other two. At their core, the foundational principles of each are distinct. The anomaly today is that secular humanism and Islam are teaming together to destroy the Judeo-Christian worldview and those who subscribe to it. The common enemy is Jesus Christ, His work on the cross of Calvary and all who put their faith in His finished work.

Unfortunately most Americans, including most Christians regardless of denomination, are comfortably anesthetized to the reality of this global conflict. Many of the old hymns have a militant theme encouraging believers to be Soldiers of the Cross, to be engaging Onward Christian Soldiers, to echo the Battle Cry, etc. For those of us who have served in the US military, especially in battle, these hymns remind us of our duty but more importantly they infuse the human spirit with the energy needed for the fight, which always comes.

The hymn, A Mighty Fortress is our God has been called "the greatest hymn of the greatest man of the greatest period of German history" and the "Battle Hymn of the Reformation." It is based on Psalm 46.

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing: For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing; Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God's own choosing: Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He; Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same, And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us: The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him; His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure, One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth; The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth: Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also; The body they may kill: God's truth abideth still, His kingdom is forever.

Luther wrote this hymn sometime between 1520 and 1530. Luther may have written it before the Diet of Worms (1521) or during his time in Wartburg Castle. Regardless, this decade was a time a great trial for Luther.

Psalm 46 reminds the reader that man's security is in God alone (vss. 1-3), that Jerusalem will remain secure (vss. 4-7) and that God is sovereign over all the nations (vss. 8-11). In the midst of the chaos we are commanded to "Be Still and know that I am God." Our current conflict is not new; it has been 1500 years in the making. Is it possible that Islam is the 21st Century equivalent of Assyria or the Babylon which God chose to use as a means to judge the Church for the same reasons He judged Israel?

As a young Christian, this Psalm became an anchor. I would often find myself meditating on Ps 46:10 when life swirled. As a dad, I would often remind our children of the importance of being still in order to hear our Heavenly Father or to experience the comfort of the Holy Spirit. Prominent in our living room is a wooden plague engraved with "Be still and know that I am God."