Just a Thought … Be Still and Know That I am God

“ Be still and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations; I am exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10 NRSV)

In this national song of thanksgiving to God for victory over its enemies, the psalmist focuses on the contrast between the chaos of nations in turmoil and a world in tumult with the calm assurances of help from a God who provides refuge and strength. The psalmist ends this victory song, first by giving praise to the Lord for His mighty works. “He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire” (v. 9). Next, by quoting the Lord who has won the victory and reigns supreme over all the earth: “Be still and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations; I am exalted in the earth” (v. 10). And finally, by repeating this assurance: “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” (v. 11).

The verse I want us to ponder today is this one: “Be still and know that I am God!” (v. 10). This is one of what I call my “life verses,” because of the importance of its message for me. Thus, as a reminder, I have this verse hanging on my wall next to my treadmill at home, so I see it first thing in the mornings. I also have it sitting on my desk at church for me to see and consider several times throughout the day. Amid the hustle and bustle, the chaos and commotions, the stresses and strains of life, I need this verse for moments of rest and peace. Perhaps this is what you need in your hectic life as well.

In his book, Prayer, Praise & Promises: A Daily Walk Through the Psalms, Warren Wiersbe explains the
important message of this verse from Psalm 46. He writes: “The Hebrew word translated ‘be still’ actually means ‘take your hands off.’ God is saying to us, ‘Take your hands off and let Me be God in your life.’ So often we want to manipulate and control. We talk about those who are ‘hands-on’ people. In the Christian life, God uses hands. [. . .] But sometimes only God’s hand can do the job. Sometimes our hands get in the way because we are manipulating, plotting, or scheming. [. . .]

“Are you facing a problem or a challenge today? Are you wondering what you will do? Give it to the Lord. A time will come when [God] will say, ‘All right, I will use your hands.’ But until then, keep your hands off. Know that He is God. [God] does not expect us to do what only He can do. We can roll the stone away from the tomb of Lazarus, but only [God] can raise the dead. We can hand out the bread, but only [God] can multiply it. Let [God] be God in your life.” (April 25, “Take Your Hands Off,” p. 123.) Slow down; take a deep breath; and read this last paragraph again because it’s especially important!

Prayer: Dear God of power and peace, I come to you amid the noise and chaos of my life and center my
thoughts on this verse: “Be still and know that I am God.” Help me to meditate on it; to repeat it often
in my mind and with my lips until it becomes a part of my life and my soul. Place this verse before me in
those times of my day when I am tempted to take control of my life away from you. Admonish me to,
“Keep your hands off!” when you have work to do in and through me that only you can do. Most of all,
I pray that I will come to rely on this verse to give my life to you fully, so that, through it, you will bring
me the rest and peace I so desperately need. Thank you, Lord, that you are my God, and that you have
control of my life. With you in control, I’m taking my hands off control of my life and instead raising
them high in praise of you. Amen.