‘He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ ‘
When – if ever – are you still?
Do you fully acknowledge that God is truly above everything?
This psalm begins with these lines:
This is a strong and positive affirmation of God’s place in our lives. God is our refuge, He is the source of our strength, and He is constantly with us in the difficult times.
The psalm continues to give us examples of Gods power and presence in our lives.
Yet by the penultimate verse (v.10) we are being told to be still and know that He is God.
We are to recognise and know God and reaffirm that He will be exalted among the nations and in the earth.
God will become central to all people and all nations as He was to the Jewish people.
How are often are you genuinely still?
Not just sitting for a couple of minutes but still thinking about the hundred and one things which need to be accomplished in the day.
Not still, ‘resting your eyelids’ kind of still.
The kind of still where you take a large breath and exhale, letting the here and now fade, and focus on God.
Psalm 46 tells us to stop what we are doing and thinking.
Take time out.
Know that He is God.
Focus on God.
Realise that He isn’t some far off ‘thing’.
Realise that he is the God who will once again take control of the nations and the earth.
He is our refuge – the place where we take shelter from the storms of life.
He is our strength – He gives us everything we need to make it through the day.
He is always with us.
Sometimes we lose sight of that fact and God reminds us in this verse that we need to stop and be still, and bring God from the sidelines and back as the central element in our lives.
If we do this, when we emerge from this stillness we will take that knowledge of God’s presence and strength with us back into our day.
Many people are more open to some form of stillness or meditation these days, but this is usually promoted as a first thing in the morning routine.
Psalm 46 doesn’t give us a time to be still.
God tell us to stop and be reassured of His presence and strength whenever we need too.
When are thoughts are running wild and our day could definitely be going better, then this is the time to bring Psalm 46:10 to mind.