Ps.46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, A very ready help in trouble.
All of these promises and insights given in this Psalm are made available to us in Christ. He became our refuge and our help by the blood of the cross. We have obtained access to this help because we can now come into His presence with boldness to find grace and help in our time of need. Our long search for the secrets of life came to an end in Christ. We now have forgiveness, encouragement, power, and revelation as we have come to the end. He is the secret mystery that was right in front of us. We couldn’t see Him until He anointed our eyes with His balm of grace opening our hearts to the sweet secret mystery of life. Here is how Augustine describes it:
“It is called, “A Psalm, to the end, for the sons of Korah, for things secret.” Secret is it then; but He Himself, who in the place of Calvary was crucified, ye know, hath rent the veil, that the secrets of the temple might he discovered. Furthermore since the Cross of our Lord was a key, whereby things closed might be opened; let us trust that He will be with us, that these secrets may be revealed. What is said, “To the end,” always ought to be understood of Christ. For “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.” But The End He is called, not because He consumes, but because He perfects. For ended call we the food which is eaten, and ended the coat which is woven, the former to consumption, the latter to perfection. Because then we have not where to go farther when we have come to Christ, Himself is called the end of our course.”
I love this thought from Augustine (or is it from Paul?). When we come to Christ we are finished. We are finished with lusting after the pleasures of this world, we are finished with trying to be good enough to please God, and we are finished with trying to find meaning in a meaningless world. But for me, the end was really just the beginning. I put down my quest of frustration and picked up the calling of God. One life ended and a new life began. Maybe this is what Paul meant when he said, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me”.