Tuesday Hymns: “God is Our Refuge and Our Strength”

[I posted this back in 2010, and after singing it Sunday, I thought it would be a good idea to post it again. The 46th Psalm has often been a refuge for me during times of deep struggle.]

The message of the Forty-sixth Psalm is such that it has become the foundation of multiple hymns. By far, the most well-known of these hymns is Martin Luther’s, A Mighty Fortress is Our God. However, The Psalter of 1912 also has a rendition that is a favorite of mine entitled God is Our Refuge and Our Strength which is our Tuesday Hymn for this week.

In The Psalter of 1912 it was originally sung to the tune Materna (America the Beautiful). In the Trinity Hymnal, however, it is sung to the tune of Bethlehem, which gives it a sense of majesty and strength appropriate to this metrical version of the Psalm.

God is our Refuge and our Strength,
Our ever present Aid,
And, therefore, though the earth remove,
We will not be afraid;
Though hills amidst the sea be cast,
Though foaming waters roar,
Yes, though the mighty billows shake
The mountains on the shore.

A river flows whose streams make glad
The city of our God,
The holy place wherein the Lord
Most High has His abode;
Since God is in the midst of her,
Unmoved her walls shall stand,
For God will be her early help,
When trouble is at hand.

The nations raged, the kingdoms moved,
But when His voice was heard
The troubled earth was stilled to peace
Before His mighty Word.
The Lord of Hosts is on our side,
Our safety is secure;
The God of Jacob is for us
A refuge strong and sure.

O come, behold what wondrous works
Jehovah’s hand has wrought;
Come, see what desolation great
He on the earth has brought.
To utmost ends of all the earth
He causes war to cease;
The weapons of the strong destroyed,
He makes abiding peace.

Be still and know that I am God,
O’er all exalted high;
The subject nations of the earth
My Name shall magnify.
The Lord of Hosts is on our side,
Our safety is secure;
The God of Jacob is for us
A refuge strong and sure.



  1. thinkactlive said,

    January 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Just what I needed to read this morning. In fact, I read this Psalm before I started the day today. Yesterday morning I listened to your sermon on Sermon Audio on Psalm 46. I like how it has been brought to me the past few days from several sources, even a phone conversation with a friend. God is good to me, and I am so glad.

    • cliftonr said,

      January 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      It is always good to read (and sing) the 46th.

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