“Therefore hear the word of Yahweh!
You rule this people in Jerusalem!
Because you have said.
‘We have made
A covenant with death.
We have an agreement with Sheol.
When the overwhelming scourge
It will not come to us.
We have made lies our refuge.
We have taken shelter in falsehood.’”
Isaiah wanted the scoffers who ruled Jerusalem to listen to the word of Yahweh. However, these arrogant rulers who had given up on Yahweh responded that they had a covenant with death, perhaps with Egypt against Assyria. They had an agreement with Sheol, the underworld afterlife place. They would be safe because of their deal with death. They were going to rely on lies and falsehood as their refuge and shelter.
To the choirmaster leader, a psalm of the Korahites, according to Alamoth, a song
“God is our refuge.
God is our strength.
He is a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear!
Even though the earth should change.
Even though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.
Even though its waters roar and foam.
Even though the mountains tremble with its tumult.”
Psalm 46 is another of the psalms or songs of the sons of Korah. However, this is a victory song that inspired Martin Luther to write his famous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress.” In fact, it is a hymn of Mount Zion that was to be sung by an Alamoth, who was a soprano or female voice. God was their refuge and strength. He was present during any time of trouble. Therefore they would not fear. Even though great changes on the earth were taking place, they would not be afraid. There was a mention of the underwater earthquakes, tsunamis, or above ground earthquakes, when God would be there. At this thought there is a musical interlude or pause, a Selah.
“The salvation of the righteous is from Yahweh.
He is their refuge in times of trouble.
Yahweh helps them.
Yahweh rescues them.
Yahweh rescues them from the wicked.
Yahweh saves them
Because they take refuge in him.”
This long psalm ends with Yahweh as the savior of the righteous. In times of trouble he was their refuge. He helped them. He rescued them from the wicked ones. He saved them. He did all this for the righteous because they took refuge in him.