Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. 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 the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns. 6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what desolations he has brought 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 shields with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
The psalmist here speaks of times of chaos, disruption, calamity “though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea, though the waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with tumult”. Then there is disruption in the nations, “the nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter…”. Scary stuff! It would seem that the world is coming apart at the seems. What gets my attention this morning is v.10:
“Be still, and know that I am God!”
When the world is coming down around me, literally or metaphorically, my usual impulse is to act. Do something! Fix this! But the counsel of the psalm is to be still. To recognize my impotence, my inability to control/manage the world, and simply rest in the knowledge of God. This is a hard word for me. How about you?
Lord, when things seem to be coming apart, give me grace to rest in you. Amen.