Psalm 46

This amazing Psalm draws to its conclusion with the words: Be still and know that I am God.

If you are blessed with a quiet, tranquil place, here on earth - then you should be grateful.

But for most people, our lives are full of noise, deadlines to meet, anxieties and responsibilities. 

If that is a description of your own life - you may assume that this Psalm does not apply to you - but it does.

The Psalm starts by saying that God is our refuge and strength.

But in what context is he our refuge and strength?

He is our ever present help… when we are in trouble!

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.’

The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 46 (NIV)

In what context does God call us to be still and recognise him as God - when everything is peaceful and perfect in our outward circumstances?

No… quite the opposite:

PSALM 46 PHOTO (small)

He calls us to be still and know that he is God, in the context of the earth giving way and the mountains falling into the heart of the sea. He calls us to find peace in him, even when the waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

It is God who makes wars and conflicts cease - and we have to remember that the conflicts are often in our hearts and minds, as well as on the outside.

In the midst of wars and conflicts, our God says: Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

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