Psalm 46

 

Daniel Kim

Text

 

1God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the

            heart of the sea,

3though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

 

4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where

the Most High dwells.

5God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at the break of day.

6Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

8Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the

            spear, he burns the shields with fire.

10“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be

            exalted in the earth.”

11The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

 

Inner Voice Commentary

 

1God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

 

To all my brethren of the Fukushima power plant: Do not fear! God has allowed your families a safe passage far away from the radiation of the power plant. I assure you that they are safe. I’m amazed by your sacrifice and superhuman strength that allows all of you to endure the 50-hour shifts to keep this plant from blowing up. God is surely with us, and He will continue to be with us for however long it takes to fix this mess.

 

2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

 

Look around you. Look at the destruction of our city and our country. An earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale, a tsunami that crushed our cities over with flood waters, and the nuclear meltdown crisis that threatens our entire nation. Even more, you’ve left your families behind exposing yourself to toxic levels of radiation day by day. I remember the effects of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and yet you willfully continue. Today, we, as a nation, have experienced the great power of God. When I work among you at the plant to keep the reactors cool, I hear you expressing worries about family in other cities, the ones you’ve lost, the one’s that are missing. I see you hiding your tears and whispering desperate prayers. I praise you for pushing forward, submitting yourself to death so that our nation can live.

 

4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at the break of day.

 

Brothers, remember the roots of our beloved little town! Remember when you grew up running along the quiet dirt roads and small houses. Remember the vast farmland our parents and their parents have faithfully cultivated for our city. They are long gone—empty houses, abandoned fields, and barren roads. A town with such history has turned into a ghost. But indeed, God is watching over us. He has preserved its people. The spirit of Fukushima remains in its citizens, and we are alive and well. We may have abandoned our lot, but the richness lives in the faithfulness we have established in preserving the integrity of this plant. God will help us. He has bestowed us with the responsibility to protection our people.

 

6Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

 

However, I do wonder many times how you press on so well. There are moments where I myself lose the will to keep going, yearning so desperately to be with my family. Have you seen the ruins and the devastations of our country? Have you seen the families that have been torn apart—the children orphaned on the streets, fathers carrying their daughters out of the rubble, and young women searching for their husbands? Sometimes, I wonder if such a god can be good, if He really will bring us out safely. I shamefully admit having second thoughts, regretting my initial boldness and leaving you all behind. The looming threat of a meltdown is a reality we all face even despite our every effort. In a split second, you may never be able to see your family again. The reality is that there is little we can do as farmers as makeshift workers for this power plant. It is up to God. In the end, a meltdown is God’s choice.

 

7The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

But no, God is with us. This is a truth that you men constantly remind me when I see you ending your sweaty, grimy, and exhausted, ready for another day. Yes, He is with us. He is our protector. The One that has taken away our prosperity can very much give abundantly. The very futility of man’s struggle that takes away purpose from our efforts is the futility that gives us hope in our faithfulness. But indeed, God is with us.

 

8Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolations he has brought on the earth.

 

Therefore, we invite all you nations to see the works of God here in Japan. Come see the faithfulness of His people rise out of the ashes of our buildings. God is with us—have you seen the news? Our small and humble city is receiving attention that never would have otherwise gotten any media attention. Fukushima, a city that was once underappreciated, is now the most important city in the world.

 

9He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire.

 

Remember those loved ones that have died from leukemia even so recently from consequences of the bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima? We live in a radically different era now. Instead of cursing us with bombs, we have been blessed with aid. For this we thank the international community. Thank you for your engineers and specialists from all over the world that have come to work with us to find a solution to relieve our farmers from the plant. It is an honor to be the cause that breaks boundaries and brings nations into cooperation. Praise the Lord!

 

10“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  

 

Brothers of Fukushima, we are the light of God. Your faithfulness to the task and your selfless sacrifice is being made known throughout all the earth. Can you believe it? The world will know how God was with men of Fukushima and how He delivered the nation of Japan out of peril.

 

11The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.                                

 

God is with us. We mourn those that are lost, but we live in the confidence that we are living in the protection of our God. Without this truth, we have no hope.