A Reflection On Psalm 46:10
Slowing down and listening to God speak through Scripture brings the text to life. Take a look at Psalm 46. As you read through the Psalm, slowly, reflectively, with your heart open and receptive to God, allow your gaze to fall on verse 10. Pause…listen…hear God speak:
“Be still and know that I am God.”
Be still and know that I am God…and You are not. As you rush around here and there as if everything depends on you, forgetting that you are not God, I am pushed out of the center of your life. Even though exhausted, you fill your days with striving, struggling to be in control, fearing life will spin chaotically out of control forgetting that I am God and you are not. Remember, I am with you. You can trust me, finding refuge, rest, and strength. I will not let you down. Let go. Listen. Be still and know that I am God.
“Be still and know that I am”
Be still and know that I am…here. I have not left you orphaned nor alone. I am…always. In the darkness, I am here. In the storm, I am here. In your confusion, your mind spinning restlessly, when you don’t know where to turn, cheeks red from tears flowing, disappointment gripping your heart, I am here. When your heart races and you don’t believe you can take another step, breathe deeply and discover, I am here. Be still and know that I am.
“Be still and know”
Be still and know…me. Really know me. You may know quite a bit about me, my love, and my grace, but you don’t really know me. Like two friends who chat about the kids, taxes, and current events, but never really dive down and share the depths of their being, we meet, but only on the surface. Keeping me on the edges of your life, you hold back as you continue on your way believing you have to “make things happen” rather than resting and abiding in my love. Your frenetic pace keeps you from me. Slow down and meet with me. Really know me as I already know you. Be still and know.
Be still. I know being still is hard for you. Believing life consists of a conglomeration of activities you try to fit everything in, feeling overwhelmed when, at the end of the day, you are frazzled to your core. I am waiting. I have been waiting and I will continue to wait for you. I am here, waiting for you to be still so you might know me, my love, my presence, and my joy. I know that you don’t believe you have a choice. There are so many options and opportunities, voices surrounding you in a cacophony of sound beckoning you here, then there, keeping you off balance and fragmented. My heart breaks for you and I yearn to give you stillness and peace, a peace that passes all understanding and an inner stillness to quiet your heart in the midst of your storms. You can know that rest and peace. Be still.
Be. That is all. Be.