Psalm 46

Psalm 46

Be Still. And Know.

Written By Lindsay Acocella

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

What does your everyday faith stand on?

“Be still,” writes the Psalmist, “and know that I am God.” It’s a two-part command, not simply one or the other, or occasionally both if I can manage it. There are two parts to this single step of obedience; the two strong legs on which my everyday faith can stand. 

Be still. Stop trying to do enough, be enough, or achieve enough to make things OK. Don’t stop obeying, but stop striving feverishly as if it all depended on you. Do you ever find yourself there?

Know that I am God. If I know that He is God, then I must admit that I am not. And I don’t need to worry that another leader, movement, or event will take God’s place. He alone is God, the only all-powerful, all-knowing, all-worthy One.

These two commands go hand in hand. I cannot be still unless I know that He is God. I cannot stop striving unless I am convinced there is One more in charge and more capable of accomplishing His plan than I. My obedience will then be as one who follows, not as one who blazes the trail alone. There is a higher purpose here than just my comfort, and when I am still, I can lift my eyes to see it. The purpose is His glory in the earth – that He will be exalted among the nations!

How does my life point to that? How do I reflect His glory in a way that reverberates throughout my family, my neighborhood, my community, and around the world? Psalm 46 has an answer: by being still – and in that stillness – pointing to Him alone as God. That shows in the words I use and the tone of those words when I use them. It shows in the way I respond to the ups and downs of the day. It shows in my success and failure, and how much both impact my view of myself and my world. And it shows in my worship – my everyday laying down of myself in the name of Jesus.

Are you being still today? Does your life acknowledge that He alone is God? Do those who look at you see evidence of His glory in your stillness?

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