Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth! (PSALM 46:10 ESV)
This verse does not invite us to the inaction of releasing our cares but to the action of redoubling our confidence. Being still is a call to surrender more than itis a call to contemplate.
We surrender our hopes, our efforts, and our aggressions to God. And we do this because we know him. We know he is strong. We know he is present. We know he sustains, saves, and speaks for our good and for the good of the world…
We can take refuge in God’s presence, God’s peace, and God’s protection. But we must also surrender to God’s plan: “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” This is the plan of our almighty God. No matter how deeply humans think they are in control, God triumphs over all. God will come out on top, and we can exult in his exaltation. often depleted. Good soldiers know when to advance, take refuge in God and his sovereignty, trusting him God’s plan is certain. God’s plan is failproof. We can live within it, as refugees of grace, and know that it will succeed. When everything that used to be right is now completely wrong, we can take refuge in the presence, peace, protection, and plan of God.
52 Weeks Through the Psalms
Trouble usually results in our trying to figure out what to do to get past the adversity. While that’s certainly important, what we often forget in our haste to find an end to our situation is to “be still” and know that he is God. He reigns. His eyes are not closed to our problems, nor does he refuse to hear our pleas for help.
When we are still before God, waiting in faith for his solution, we gather strength. But when we run about without consulting the Lord, our spiritual strength is but they also know when to take refuge. In our case, we through every hardship or worrisome decision. He will come through for us. He always does.
James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.