The following chiasmus is from here.
I’ve made a few changes. I’ve changed his A to an A/B and his A’ to a B’/A’. I’ve moved the end of his B section into C (my D1). And finally, I’ve created a spot of paralleling in his C and C’ sections (which is now my D1/D2/D’1/D’2). D1 and D’1 are negative descriptions of destruction, while D2 and D’2 are positive descriptions of peace and healing.
Here’s a quote offering a little more explanation:
Like most psalms, Psalm 46 originated in the life of the Israelite community. It was sung and recited long before it was ever written down, it’s poetic style shaped by confidence in God’s protection from threats, whether from other nations or “Mother Nature.” In the face of a long history of threats and set backs faced by the Jewish community, God was with them, offering his provision and protection.
Robert Alden created a chiasm of Psalm 46 which pulls out some interesting features from its verses:
1 A God is refuge.
2 B No fear.
3-4 C God rules over natural calamities.
5 D God is here.
6a E Nations rage.
6b E God speaks.
7 D God is here.
8-9 C God rules over political calamities.
10 B Be still.
11 A God is refuge.
Notice (B) “No fear” and “be still” are complementary, while (E) “nations rage” and “God speaks” contrast humanity’s actions with God’s actions. Verse 7 echoes verse 5, “God is here” (D), as though it were being underscored. In verse 10, God sends a powerful message to the nations–to be still and submit to his reign. … … [H]e commands us all to “be still”– a quiet reminder that our ultimate confidence and security is in the power and presence of God. Only then can we truly rest in his presence.
For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah, set to Alamoth. A Song.
A 1 God is our refuge and strength,
B a very present help in trouble.
C 2 Therefore we will not fear,
1 though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.
2 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy dwelling places of the Most High.
E 5 God is in the midst of her, / she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
F 6 The nations made an uproar, / the kingdoms tottered;
F’ He raised His voice, / the earth melted.
E’ 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; / the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.
1 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, who has wrought desolations in the earth.
2 9 He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire.
C’ 10 Cease striving and know that I am God – I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
B’ 11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
A’ the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.