currently we're in a study of
the group of psalms identified as being WRITTEN FOR ... "the sons of korah,"
today we note one of the most
"autobiographical" statements in the whole Korah Corpus!
FROM psalm 46
three Verses of Psalm 46 provide a powerful little "reminder" to
the Sons of Korah. Their Father had helped lead a "rebellion"
against Moses. Numbers 16 gives us the fullest account of the
incident. It's true that he did not solely lead the
insurrection. He had help from three other men, "Dathan" and "Abiram"
plus a man named "On." Well really, these men were the
"ringleaders," they persuaded 250 more "men of renown" to join
their ranks as well!
boldness was flagrant! Their accusations false! To Moses and
Aaron they said: "Ye
too much upon you, seeing all the
congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD
is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above
the congregation of the LORD?" Numbers 16:3 where Moses
and Aaron actually took "nothing" upon themselves! God
"conscripted" them for service! Like Paul many years later,
"necessity" was laid upon them by the Lord God of Heaven! (First
Corinthians 9:16 ... "For though I Paul
preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity
is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the
The Lord, not just Moses,
became "upset" at this rebellion! God told Moses that one day
later, after the first verbal attack, He would "consume" all
these people "in a moment!" See Numbers 16:21 for proof.
Then, the rest is history! Here's
what God did. "The earth opened her mouth,
and swallowed them up, with all that appertain unto them,
and they went down quick into the pit." Numbers 16:30
Here's a fuller account.
"And the earth opened her mouth, and
swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that
appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. They,
and all that appertained to them, went down alive into
the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from
among the congregation." Numbers 16:32-33, in what
appears to be an "instant," carefully "controlled" earthquake!
Normally in such a deliberate
judgment, the men's entire families would have been consumed
as well. Think about Achan the thief. Once caught and found
guilty ... "Joshua, and all Israel with
him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the
garment, and the wedge of gold,
and his sons, and his
daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep,
and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto
the valley of Achor. And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us?
the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him
with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned
them with stones. And they raised over him a great heap of
stones unto this day. So the LORD turned from the fierceness of
his anger. Wherefore the name of that place was called, The
valley of Achor, unto this day." Joshua 7:24-26
Achan's whole household ... dead!
Stoned by rocks!
Burned by fire, incinerated!
Including the sons!
But with Korah, his "sons"
were allowed to live!
That's called GRACE, dear
And it looks like these men, when
grown, these "Sons of Korah," never forgot that the Lord had
been so good to them! All the Psalms bearing their Name center
on thanks and adoration and worship!
Including today's Psalm, today's
verses. Psalm 46:1-3. Listen to this high level of praise!
"God is our refuge and strength, a
very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear,
though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be
carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters
thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains
shake with the swelling thereof. Selah." I've boldly
capitalized a line you must notice! Though the earth "be
removed" or "shake!"
That's exactly what
happened, too! These boys' Dad and that whole crowd of jealous
insurrectionists! The earth opened her mouth, with some
"geological commotion" I would suggest, and devoured that wicked
Yes, this is "personal!"
A real "testimony!"
In other words ... God is still
God, still a "Refuge" and "Strength," even when the earth is
convulsively obeying His stark Commands!
Though the earth be
Though the mountains
God judging sin!
Yet God protecting (sparing) His
No wonder the Sons of Korah are
known for their fervent worship of God!
They would have already been "in
the pit" apart from God's Goodness and Mercy!
They had been "saved by Grace!"
Oh, that's right!
We have too!
Maybe that means you and I should
worship the Lord that whole-heartedly as well! Like Psalm 9
opens, "I will praise thee O LORD
with my whole heart."
In fact, let's quit writing and
reading right now.
And go worship our merciful Lord!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
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