Be still, and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10 (NLT)
You’re not crazy.
I did recently write about this same verse and our need to enter God’s presence with calm spirits. However, study in the beliefs of ancient society unveiled a new perspective.
The psalm was written when people believed that the mountains kept the oceans in place. The mountains prevented flooding. Would crumbling mountains amid a turbulent ocean be a worst case scenario? Yes, and the first part of Psalm 46 paints just this picture:
God is our refuge and strength,
Always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come
And the mountains crumble into the sea.
Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!
Come, see the glorious works of the Lord!
See how he brings destruction upon the world.
He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
He burns the shields with fire.
Be still, and know that I am God!
Psalm 46:1-3, 8-10 (NLT)
To paraphrase, “We won’t fear. No, we’ll laugh in the face of our worst nightmare because God is good and powerful and on our side. Stand back and watch what God can do.”
Do we watch from the sidelines while God works a miracle? No, we do our part and God multiplies our efforts in a mighty and undeniable way.
Gideon’s 300 men didn’t relax riverside while God fought the battle. The outnumbered army fought their hardest with confidence (stillness) that God would give them the victory as promised.
Don’t worry. Don’t fear. Be confident that God can resolve even the worst disaster.
Don’t worry! Get busy and watch God multiply your efforts. (tweet this)
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