The authorship for Psalms 42-49 is credited to the Sons or Descendants of Korah. Numbers 16:1-5 tells the story of Korah the Levite and the rebellion that he led against Moses. To say that it didn’t end well for Korah is a huge understatement (you’ve got to read the story!) but God was merciful to his descendants who remained faithful to God. They served in the Temple and David anointed some of them to be choir leaders. They continued their role as Temple musicians for hundreds of years. (see 1 Chronicles 6:31-38, 2 Chronicles 20: 18, 19 and notes from the Life Application Study Bible).
This song was written as a praise to God who was Jerusalem’s defender. God is also praised for providing security and love for His people. And it ends with this reminder:
14 For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die.
God is like a fortified city that nothing can penetrate. In Him is our safety, security and peace. We are reminded that this is who He is, this is what He is like and if we choose to follow Him, He will guide us until we die.
This powerful picture of God reminds me of Paul’s words in Romans 8:31 …If God is for us, who can ever be against us? If I am in right standing with God, nothing in all of creation can defeat or stand in the way of the plans He has for me. He is unstoppable and His plans for you and I are unstoppable. That’s what God is like.
Executive Director of Education and Outreach