The Source of Security

Gordon VanWylen

READ : Psalm 46:1-11

The theme of this psalm is the security we experience because of God’s sovereign control over the forces of nature and the tumult of the nations.

The concept of the City of God, a place and community where God is present and his people find security, is introduced in verse 4. The writer probably had in mind Jerusalem, where people sensed God’s presence in worship, and the surrounding hills provided security. In his apocalyptic vision, John “saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God”(Rev. 21:2). But we do not have a physical Jerusalem to turn to for security, and John’s vision is not yet reality. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that “here we have no continuing city, but we are looking for the city that is to come” (Heb. 13:14).

So where do we find security? Not in a given place, but through faith in God. As to our need for community and fellowship, suggested by the concept of the city, we have the church. However, the church is not a place where we go for physical security, but where we are instructed to be God’s servants in the world, and recall the words, “Be still and know that I am God.”


Thank you, Lord, for the security, quietness and confidence we have in knowing you. May our lives be a witness to the reality of your peace in a troubled world. Amen.