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.