Psalm 46 – Skeptic's Annotated Bible answered

A response and reply to the notes on Psalm 46 in the Skeptic's Annotated Bible (SAB).

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My comment

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

"God is ... a very present help in trouble."
Does God help in times of need?
God is indeed a present help. But the question should be asked for whom. For those who despise God, God is not a help, but He is their enemy. He is the help of those who are His children. So that is the first question that should be asked: who does God help?
In chapter 22:1 Jesus speaks. And because He bore our sins, God did not answer him. We deserved not to be heard of God, but he wasn't heard so we would be.
And in other verses such as 1 Sam. 8:18-19 it is those we rejected God's council that will call, but will not be heard. Again, context matters.

2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.