“When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants, it is I who keep steady its pillars” (v3). From our perspective, it feels like the world “totters” or is shaken by big events, just as our lives may be shaken by disaster or sickness. But the psalmist said that in these circumstances, he “gave thanks” because God is near to us (v1). He keeps us steady, and He will sort out all confusion and chaos by His judgments (v2-5, 8).
“For not from the east or from the west and not from the wilderness comes lifting up, but it is God who executes judgment” (v6-7). We seek wisdom and safety in God’s presence, because He is our unshakeable refuge.