Psalm 46 Read By President Obama At 9/11 Memorial

Psalm 46 was read by President Barack Obama in his remarks at New York Citys commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Psalm 46 was read by President Barack Obama in his remarks at New York City's commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

As Obama’s usual use of a TelePrompter was cast aside, principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest explained why the president selected that psalm, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

"The President chose a scripture which he believed was most appropriate -- he believed it was particularly appropriate to use -- to read scripture this morning,” Earnest said.

“And he chose a passage that talks of persevering through very difficult challenges and emerging from those challenges stronger," he added, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

It contained the lines, “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,” the passage from the Old Testament continues, reports AP.

Referring to God being a refuge for all those affected by the attacks, Obama also read, “God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.”

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s speech was also imbued with religious references, as he asked for God’s blessing on those affected by the tragedy, The Huffington Post reports. “God bless every soul that we lost. God bless the family members who have to endure that loss, and God guide us to our reunion in Heaven, and God bless the United States of America,” he said. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who had banned any clergy from the Ground Zero ceremonies and written petitions to include God in the observance, quoted Shakespeare, reports The Huff Post.  
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