Psalm 46 v 10
‘He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”’
This is another powerful verse from one of my favourite Psalms because whenever I read it, it always feels that in just a few words it stops me in my tracks and reminds me again that God is in charge, not me!
The same verse in The Message is:
‘Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.’
For some at this difficult time of lockdown, the words ‘be still’ may seem impossible to apply when your day is packed with trying to home school, work from home, shop, plus a million other things. For others, you may feel that you are ‘still’ far too much of the day and you’d like to be more active and out and about!
The words ‘be still’ can apply to us all though because most of us are probably striving, struggling or worrying whether we are sitting down or whether we’re rushing around.
And know that I am God’. I think the word ‘know’ in this instance means to ‘acknowledge’ or ‘be aware of’. We need to acknowledge God for who He is; to be in awe of Him as the creator of heaven and earth; a God who is Holy and sovereign, faithful, loving, infinite and good.
When life gets overwhelming sometimes we tend to just ‘try harder’. Instead we should do what seems to go against our natural instincts and simply be ‘still’, draw close to God and let His strength renew us.
‘Let go and let God’
Exodus 14 v 14
‘The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’
When we are still and truly acknowledging God, we can find peace even when the earth gives way, the mountains fall (verse 2), or the nations go into an uproar and kingdoms fall (verse 6).