Be still and know

Psalm 46--10a

From the Psalm 46 comes the Verse of the Day for June 11, 2016:

Psalm 46:10 (AMP)

“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.”

These sentiments are echoed through the words of Isaiah, who speaks of a time when God alone will be exalted in the presence of men:

Isaiah 2:11 (NLT)

11 Human pride will be brought down,
and human arrogance will be humbled.
Only the Lord will be exalted
on that Day of Judgment.

In other places in the Psalms and elsewhere in the Scriptures, we find similar exhortations to “be still”

Psalm 4:4 (AMP):

Tremble [with anger or fear], and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed and be still [reflect on your sin and repent of your rebellion]. Selah.

Psalm 37:7 (AMP):

Be still before the Lord; wait patiently for Him and entrust yourself to Him; Do not fret (whine, agonize) because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

Zechariah 2:13 offers this final declaration from the Old Testament:

“Be still before the Lord, all mankind; for He is roused (raised up) from His holy habitation [in response to His persecuted people].”

The Verse of the Day is used as an epigraph or introduction to this poetic reminder:

Be Still and Know

Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!

Psalms 46:10

 

Be still and know that I am God, that I am the eternal one.

Though your cherished dreams have faded and long since gone

The way of all flesh, my divine plans you shall see,

As I weave the tapestry of eternity.

Though you seem forsaken, you are never alone,

Even when the burden of dark sin cannot atone,

And the hearts of men have hardened and turned to stone:

Be still and know that I am God.

 

Though storms may overwhelm and friends may abandon

When disease has surfaced to assault flesh and bone.

These scenes will reveal the man I knew I could be,

As words of the Psalmist comfort and remind me,

When this life is over and all is said and done:

Be still and know that I am God.

We pause and calmly think about that—as we consider deeply or “Selah” Psalm 46 in its entirety while also giving heed to these words—

Be Still

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still my soul and be at peace.

Rise above your circumstance and rest in me.

We close with Steven Curtis Chapman singing “Be Still and Know.”

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