"Be still and know that I am God."
This verse from the 46th Psalm has resonated with me for many years and in many different circumstances. Be still, it tells us. Cease from our labor. Cease from all activity and simply rest in the sure knowledge that God is.
This Psalm tells us so much about our God. He is our refuge and our strength – a very present help in trouble. We will all run to God many times during our lives because we need that refuge and that strength from the trials and afflictions of this fallen world and that is good and right. We are his because he is our creator. That’s true for all people. But Christian, we have a better, deeper relationship with God. We are his because he chose us before creation to be his sons and daughters whom he would save not just from his righteous judgement, but to into the kingdom of his dear son where we will live and reign over the world that is to come without even the possibility of sin. That is cause for great joy and is a source of the peace that passes all understanding.
Yet, in this present evil age, we suffer many afflictions, many challenges, and many fears. Yet, God tells us to “be still” and when we are still, we apprehend Him. He is our all in all. I’ve had the opportunity to spend much more time than usual being still. While the world rages around us, while we struggle, while we are at home under lockdown, let us appreciate the time we are given to be still. It isn’t what we had planned a few months ago, but when we are still, when we cease from the to and fro of ordinary life, we have to adjust our routines and the way we think about our day, about how we spend our time.
When we are quiet we can better know God is God. He is the alpha and omega. He is the creator and the judge. He is the great king who calls his elect people out of the world and into his eternal kingdom. God does not love, He is love, just as He is goodness itself, mercy itself, justice itself. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…” (James 1:17)
Use the time we have been given to “be still and know that I am God.” To know that is a gift for God’s people alone and it is rest for weary souls, balm for bruised bodies, cold water for the thirst. To know that is life and peace and joy. May that peace that passes all understanding rule in your life.
To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. 6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
—Elder Chris Buskirk