Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."
Psalm 46 is a very encouraging Psalm. There are differing opinions on the setting of this Psalm and when it was written. Regardless of the backdrop or time period, this Scripture is timeless. Verse one sets the tone as follows: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” This should give us the confidence to boldly read the second verse, “Therefore will not we fear…” Many times in History and even now currently this Psalm rings true. One thing for sure God will be “Exalted in the earth.”
The phrase “Be Still” is explained by Strong’s Concordance as meaning ‘to slacken’. Albert Barnes explains the term ‘Be Still’ as “to cast down, to let fall, to let hang down, then, to be relaxed, slackened especially the hands: …or the idea of leaving matters with God, or of being without anxiety about the issue.”
Life can cause us to experience stress and anxiety due to the current health crisis or just life in general. However, God is speaking to us these simple words, “Be Still, and know that I am God.” That phrase answers it all. Relax, because we know God. We know the Great “I Am.” We know Jesus, and no matter what happens in life, He is in control. As someone said, ”Worry only about what you can control.“ As humanity we typically worry about things we can’t control.
I would encourage us to quote Psalm 46:10 every time we feel overwhelmed. “Be Still, and know that I am God.”
For the complete reference please read Psalm 46:1-11, and remember, Relax.