Be Still and Know That I Am God

Psalm 46:10 is one of the most known and used scriptures in the Bible. It states, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

But what does it really mean? And how can we, as Christians, apply it in our lives today? Let’s dig deeper into what this scripture is telling us.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

The Biblical Background of Psalm 46

The story of Psalm 46 is about a war or a time of trouble for the Israelites. Though the story is not entirely specific, it is told from a 3rd party perspective and is talking about the enemies of the Israelites.

The verse is a song for Zion, God’s holy city where God’s people dwell. The Israelites are going through some sort of turmoil or war and there are phrases that talk about trouble, nations raging, war, chariots, and kingdoms tottering, It is also unclear whether or not God is talking to the enemies or His people, as many interpret the scripture, but the major consensus is that God is talking to the Israelites.

The phrase “Be still” is sometimes interpreted as “cease striving,” or “stop fighting.”

What The Words Mean

There are two statements in the Bible verse that resonate with Christians. These statements are: “Be Still,” and “Know That I am God.” Let’s dissect each of these statements to get a better understanding of what they can mean.

Be Still

“Be Still” has been interpreted in many ways. It could make mean quiet, be silent, calm down, relax, and be at peace. While the words were uttered in a time of war, they can be applied to any circumstance where we are not at peace. This could mean a problem in our life, a fight with a loved one, or even an actual war in the present time.

Be Still could mean that we need to stop fighting ourselves, other people. and those that may seem like enemies in our life. Enemies can take the form of failures, loss, or actual people who are intending to do us harm. Be still means we must stop fighting, we must stop struggling.

Be still also means it is time to stop fighting our own demons and be quiet. It is a wake-up call, a reminder. Stop being anxious, stop worrying, stop being fearful, and stop being negative in life. Be still, be quiet, relax, and calm down.

Know That I am God

The next statement of the verse states that we must acknowledge God. When we acknowledge God, this means that we acknowledge His power, His strength, and His fight for us. By staying still, it is a wake-up call that’s telling us to realize that God is our refuge, that God is present in times of trouble, and that we should calm down because He is fighting for us.

It is said that even though the earth’s mountains are trembling, the waters roar and the mountains swell, we must be still because God is giving us comfort. We must find immense comfort in the fact that God is going to give us glory and He will protect His people, and bring us everlasting peace.

God is reminding us of His power and is telling us to remember who He is and that we must acknowledge His greatness.

When to Apply Psalm 46:10 in Modern Life

Here are some ways we can apply Psalm 46:10 in ur life in these modern times:

1. When We Lose Our Job

Losing a job can be one of the most devastating things to happen to anyone, especially if you are the breadwinner of the family. So many things go in your head, how you’re going to feed your family, how you’re going to pay your bills. Some people get depressed, lose motivation, and go on a downward spiral in their lives.

When you lose your job, acknowledge your negative emotions. It is sad, it is unfortunate, but instead of wallowing in your sadness, seek God. Seek God, pray to Him and get up in the morning and go look for another job, or do something you’ve always wanted to do, like opening your own restaurant and turning a hobby into an income-generating business.

Once you get over your initial shock and sadness, seek God, and take comfort that God is working behind you, standing, and leading you in the direction that is good for your life. Be calm and trust that God is fighting for you.

2. When Someone Has Hurt You

This could take the form of a loved one who’s cheated on you, or a family member who’s lied to you, and just about anyone in your life who has hurt you. You may think of revenge, or hurting that person as well, but God is telling you to be still. He is telling you to stop fighting. He is telling you to acknowledge your pain but not use it against other people. He’s telling you not to worry, as He is fighting your battles for you and He will deal with your enemies.

3. When You Are Going through One Setback After Another

When things in your life are not going as planned or things are not going as you want them to, God is telling you to be patient. He is telling you to stop rushing, stop fighting for the things that are not yet coming into your life. He is telling you to take comfort in the fact that God is working for you behind the scene and preparing the very thing that is meant to be in your life.

This could take the form of a relationship, a job, a business, or whatever it is you’ve been fighting for. He tells you to be patient, be calm, be silent because He will bring what you deserve soon.

Psalm 46:10 is a beautiful passage that reminds us that God is here to protect us, fight for us, and be here for us fighting our battles. When we worry, when we fear the future and what’s to come, when we have doubts about how we live, know that we don’t need to do that.

Bring your worries to the Lord and be silent, be patient. Bring your fear to Him and remind yourself of His power, His strength, and what He can do to give you the life that you need and deserve.

The next time you are filled with worry, uncertainty, and fear, remember that God is beside you, helping you with your battles, and fighting for you.

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