"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(ESV)
What a blessed comfort this verse has been to multitudes of believers in Christ, down through the ages, who have rested on these words of the Psalmist and had their hearts stilled in the presence of the Lord. What refreshment these simple words have bestowed on many little lambs, who have listened to the voice of their Good Shepherd – that Great Shepherd of the sheep, Who opens His arms to widely embrace all who will trust in His name.
But in context we see another component to these words of reassurance – a plan to glorify His Name and exult His Person among the nations of the world – who rage against the God of heaven and His anointed King. He is our Defence and our Defender against the enemies of our soul, and all who rest in Him find courage and strength. He is our refuge from the storms of life and our shelter in the midst of oppression and we are called to be still and to know that He is God – for His purposes will never fail and He will be glorified throughout the whole earth
It is of great encouragement both to His people Israel, and to His children of all ages, that men who follow their own atheistic ‘will’ and construct their own anti-God plans, will finally be brought to nothing – for God alone will be exulted among the heathen and His purposes alone will come to fruition - but we who have trusted Him for salvation are to sit silently in His presence - in quite confidence and in godly trust.
Like the people of Israel in a bygone age, we are called to remember the mighty deeds that He has done and to recall the wondrous works that He has performed. We are to rest confidently in the knowledge that He is our faithful God, Who will never leave us not forsake us. We are to rest and be still in His holy presence and to know that He is the Lord our God – it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves, for we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Although the nations rage like the billows of the sea and the people imagine a vain thing against the Lord Almighty, we are called to be still in the presence of the Lord and to know Him as our great Creator God. We are called to cease from all our strivings and be at peace in His company – Whom to know is life eternal.
Father, we praise You that Your word stands fast for ever and ever – and that Your precious promises encourage us to rest in Your love and drink deeply from the Rock of our salvation. Protect Your people Israel against the increasing roar of the nations and we pray for Your soon return, when Your name be exalted throughout all the earth – in the name of Jesus we pray. AMEN.