Ps 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 11 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
This morning I wanted to dig a little deeper into the well loved 46th Psalm. If you read the entire Psalm, you will notice that is written to the chief musician of the royal court to acknowledge and honor the Lord who has kept Israel safe through a great battle or trial, not unlike the pandemic we have just experienced. The first 9 verses is meant to draw the hearts of the peoples back to the source of their victory and their strength. Then in verse 10, the speaker suddenly changes, as though a word comes from the heavens addressing the battle weary people. This is His word, coming from Heaven’s throne room to His People.
“Be Still”— It comes as almost a command from the sky! The statement is something like: “Calm yourself.” Allow a deep silence and a calm to overtake you, for you will know my glory and greatness; stop your words, stop your concerns, and just surrender yourself to experience “My glory.”
“And know that I am God” — This isn’t just an acknowledgement, but rather a knowing deep in your bones. This “Be still” from heaven creates this kind of knowing. It is an understanding not of our own doing. It is to fully conceive of something, it is experiencing the revelation that “He is GOD!”
Then God reaffirms just one thing to his creation; “I will be exalted in the nations and the earth.” So whether it is the man made lines of authority as delineated by nations, or it is God made places and spaces; God reigns, God moves and God is deserving of all the praise. The one that has heard God’s voice and have “stilled their heart” is the man or woman who will glory in the fact that God alone is exalted.
Then the psalmist, who presumedly has heard the call from heaven concludes with a final statement, maybe even a shout to the people; “The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” This is then, our great hope.
One final thought; as John Wesley, the great evangelist of the 18th century was about to die, having nearly lost all strength, he summoned the last bit of energy he could muster and cried out to those in the room, ‘The best of all is, God is with us.’ Then, raising his hand slightly and waving in triumph, he exclaimed one last time, ‘The best of all is, God is with us.’”
For those that have heard his voice and been “Stilled” in His presence and through His word, we can, along with John Wesley declare, “The best of all is, God is with us.”
God is with us!