“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
2020 promises to be a big year for my family. We have a baby due in less than two months. We have a church plant planned that will be launched before we know it. I’m excited for all the possibilities this year will bring! In the midst of it all, this verse has been running through my mind.
This psalm was written as a song of hope. The people would gather to sing it and celebrate the triumph of God. It expressed confidence in the security of God’s people, as Israel celebrated God bringing peace and having the ultimate victory over their enemies. If you read the entire psalm, verse ten suddenly has God speaking through the song. He says “Be still, and know that I am God.”
Maybe you are a planner like I am. I am not a fly by the seat of my pants or a “let’s just see where we go…” type of person. I like to write lists so I can then physically check off items on those lists. So for me, the Hebrew translation of “be still” hits home. It means “Enough!” Pause. Take a breath and stop trying to orchestrate something on your own. Stop making plans, stop stressing over detailed lists. Be still – and know that I am God.
God’s plans are always better than our plans. After "be still", God says "…know that I am God." The text doesn’t say “wait and see if…” or “maybe, possibly…” It says KNOW, as in a fact that we are forced to acknowledge – God is God. We acknowledge his Lordship over our lives, our purpose and creation.
This year, how can we be still? How do we eliminate hurry in our lives to listen intently to what the Lord has to say? We know that He is in control. Let us rest in the knowledge of His love and care for us.