Be Still

 

Psalm 46:10 
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
 
Be Still
Observations: The verse creates a stark contrast with the rest of the Psalm. The Psalmist talks about trouble (v1), and mountains falling into the sea (v2), which foam and roar (v3), nations in uproar (v6), desolations (v8), and the breaking of bow and spear and the shattering of shields (v9). And in the midst of all the turmoil and chaos he says, ‘be still and know that I am God.’ God is an ever-present help in times of trouble (v1). He is like a river that makes his people glad (v4). He is the one who dwells amongst them (v5). He is their fortress (v7). Instead of allowing our circumstances to dictate our actions, it is our faith in God. God is in control, and in that knowledge we can be still I n the midst of the storms of life. We can be certain that in the end it’s not the nations, or the elements that will win, but God. God will be exalted in the end, and those who put their faith in him will be vindicated.

 
Application: Do you allow your circumstances to dictate your emotions or actions? It is normal to react to our situation, but for us as Christians there is something much greater beyond our circumstances. We believe that God is in control, that God is working out His purposes, and that in the end God will be exalted in all things, even those things that seem without sense, even those things that bring us pain and make us fear. I would encourage you today to be still and know that because of Jesus God is for You.
 
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, so often I allow my circumstances to dictate how I feel and the things I do. Lord, help me to see You in my circumstances and help me to remember that You are God, and that You are above any circumstance I might face. Help me to pray with confidence in Your sovereign power. Help me to trust Your unfailing love. And help me to act as Your child, bring glory and honour to You even in the midst of suffering and pain. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. 

 

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