To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. A Song For Alamoth.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Come, behold the works of the Lord, who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah (Psalm 46)
It is hard for many of us to sit still for very long. The hustle and bustle of life is filled with this and that and going and coming and doing. There is so much on the plate and often little is accomplished and off we go the next day filled with a list of things to do. We are busy people. How can we take time to be still? The psalmist is not suggesting that we need to slow down and not fill our lives with activity. God is not looking for lazy people to work. He calls people that are busy. The psalm is reminding us that we should remember who is our strength in life and upon whom we must depend.
Be still and know that trusting in earthly possessions is futile. Our only hope is in God and Him alone. Life can be fueled by the American dream leaving us little time to serve the Lord. We can trust in our own strength for security leaving the Lord as a secondary choice. When the storms of life consume us the only one we can trust is the Lord. Be still and know this.
Be still and know that God is the only hope we have in a world of turmoil. It can be a frightful thing to witness what goes on in the news. There are concerns for the nation, the economy, safety, peace, and happiness – uncertainty for what will happen tomorrow. Fear can grip the mind. People of God understand that He still is in control and His will is accomplished every day. The nations can rage and the world can seem to be falling apart but the Lord is still greater than anything man can do. Be still and know this.
Be still and see the hand of God. History is the most important lesson we can learn. The Bible is a book describing the work of the Creator from the beginning of time. Reading the stories of God’s deliverance time and again will refresh our souls with the knowledge that God will deliver us. When has the Lord ever been defeated? Has man been able to accomplish what the Lord does not control? Look at the works of God and know that His power and might are greater than anything man can do today. My God is greater than the puny efforts of man. Be still and know how big God is.
Today is the middle of the week. Life is going at a fast pace. Be still and know that God still rules in the affairs of men. More importantly He still rules in my life. Take time to be holy. Learn from His word that He rules. Be still.
The imagery of the heavens as being two thousand million light-years in diameter is awesome when compared to the tiny earth, but trivial when compared to the imagery of the “hand that measured the heavens.” (Fulton J. Sheen, Old Errors and New Labels, 1931).