46:1 our refuge and strength. The word for refuge in this verse means “shelter.” The word “refuge” in Psalm 46:7,11, is stronger, meaning an impregnable high fortress. It is said that this psalm was largely the inspiration for Luther’s great hymn, “A Mighty Fortress.”
46:1 very present help. The modifier “very” in this verse is a strong word, indicating that God is an intensively present helper for His people in times of trouble.
46:2 mountains be carried. This is more than poetic imagery. The mountains were carried into the sea during the great Flood, and this will happen again in the coming tribulation period (Revelation 6:14; 16:20).