Worship Wednesday: Psalm 46:5

“For Zion shall come, and God shall be in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God shall help her right early.”

Psalms 46: 5

“God is within her, she will not fail,” is one of the most common versions of the scripture line above. Women love, love, love, this line. Just search it on Pinterest and thousands of cute, fun word art will pop up with this saying. However, what many do not realize is that this scripture is taken completely out of context.  

Psalm 46:5 is Not About Women

This is a Psalm of war. In the Holy Scriptures Inspired Version, if you begin at the beginning of the chapter you will read…

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

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

3 And the waters thereof roar, being troubled, and the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.

4 Yet there shall be a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy of the tabernacle of the Most High.

5 For Zion shall come, and God shall be in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God shall help her right early.

6 The heathen shall be enraged, and their kingdoms shall be moved, and the Lord shall utter his voice, and the earth shall be melted;

7 The Lord of hosts who shall be with us; the God of Jacob our refuge.

Reading this verse in context it’s easy to see this isn’t an uplifting quote for women… or anyone for that matter. The earth is literally falling apart. However, you can see a shift of focus in line 4 when the “City of God, the holy of the tabernacle of the Most High,” is mentioned. This can be interpreted as Zion, heaven, the New Jerusalem, or whatever you want to call it. So when it states, “God shall be in the midst of her,” the “her” is referring to the City of God mentioned. Not to us women!

What’s the Point? 

Ladies, the point is that we need to be reading our Bibles thoroughly! It’s never a good idea to just search up a bible quote, and slap it on a shirt because you interpret that it’s “inspiring” to women. True, God is with you, but this scripture doesn’t provide the personal promise of never failing. I urge you to actually read your scriptures and learn what God can do for you in your life. Without thorough reading and the sense of false security, I can see how it would frustrate a person when they begin to have struggles. So, I recommend you get into a close knit Bible study to learn what it is God can do for you, and always remember that scriptures shouldn’t be cherry picked to match your mood or situation.

Finally, for the love of all that is holy: Ladies, please, oh please, quote verses in the right context!

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