I find this particular post very timely, knowing all that is going on in the world today. With the news buzzing on updates on the Russia-Ukraine war and all manner of vices happening around us, the church of God needs a consolation and this is it. Today, God is saying to us “be still and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10)
It is speculated that the entire chapter (Psalm 46) was written at a time when Israel was at war or in the very least, going through conflict or strife. I should indicate there have been arguments as to whether the verse was addressing God’s people or the enemies they were fighting. But, I like to think of it that it was God speaking directly to His people since the whole chapter was directed to the people of God in the first place.
The next question that arises is what “be still” really means. If we look at it from the context of which it is being used, we’d realise that it was (and still is) a charge to the people of God to stop. Some translations use “cease striving” instead (Psalm 46:10 NASB). God was telling His people to stop, to take a break from their struggling and be aware-just in case they had forgotten-that He is God! The mere use of the fact that He is God should drive home a point to us, that He is Sovereign.
This revelation came to me at a time when I felt overwhelmed. I had a lot of demands on my neck and I wanted to do everything myself. My mind would get so busy that falling asleep became a problem and then I finally decided to tell it to God. This verse of Scripture was His reply. He was literally telling me to back up and acknowledge His sovereignty, to submit to Him. “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” This humbles us to realise the glory and greatness of God.
Many of us, just like me some time ago, find ourselves in such situations where we want to hold it all together but just as the song “You hold it all together” by Maverick City goes, in our hands it falls apart. God is telling you to cease striving to do it all by yourself, He wants you to let Him help you. He is telling you “Hey, I’m God and I’ve got this, relax”
Maybe you just can’t help but panic, each night, the what-ifs and what not’s keep you tossing and turning on your bed. And because it’s easy to be overwhelmed by fear with all that we see and hear happening around us, God sends this reminder to His children, that eventually, He would be exalted in all the earth. Eventually, He will be glorified and so He tells us to not fret. (John 14: 27)
We are charged to do two things: first, to be still, that is to cease striving, struggling. And second, to know, that He is Supreme. (Colossians 1:16-17, Isaiah 45: 7-9)
It is more demanding, more than ever, that we know who God is…especially to us as believers. The Psalmist was confident of who his God was hence the first verse “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.” (Psalm 46:1). He knew who God was to him, a refuge (somewhere he could find solace when troubles arise) and strength (his energiser to keep going). He knew that though he was feeble and weak, God was his refuge and strength and help.
Know who your God is. It is when we do not know, or forget who God is that we try to be sufficient on our own or get weakened by fear.
And I love how Joel Ryan of Christianity.com describes this verse “…the tone of this verse can be read: stop striving, stop fighting, and stop trying to do things on your own. Stop stressing about the battle ahead and trust me. Wake up! I am the Lord. I am your refuge and your strength. You have nothing to fear or worry about when I am with you. I will fight your battles and deal with your enemies. So get out of my way. Step back, open your eyes, and acknowledge who I am and what I can do. Let me be God. Don’t try and do my job for me. Be patient, be still, and let me go to work.”
Take some encouragement from Psalm 46 today. Verse 9 has some encouraging news for us regarding all the happenings in the world right now. More especially, I would like you to be encouraged by verse 10 which is a direct message from God, which suggests to us to open our eyes to see and calm our minds, to stop trying to fight the battles (whether mental, financial, health-related or even an actual battle) and acknowledge who He is and what He can do. This way we have peace in chaos and are comforted in troubles.
1God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields[d] with fire.
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.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah.