This week I have been reading Psalm 46. This Old Testament poem is a celebration of Jerusalem as ‘the city of God’, a reminder that God is with His people and a forward-looking declaration about God’s Sovereignty and ultimate intention! The Psalm concludes like this...

He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.’
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
— Psalm 46:10-11 The NIV Bible

The declaration ‘Be still’ rings out ‘enough’, ‘cease’ or ‘stop’, as God breaks in with the powerful reminder that He is the true Global Sovereign. He will be elevated above every situation, conflict and trouble on the earth. This is looking ahead to the day when Jesus returns, as the book of Revelation describes. However, this Psalm can also be applied now. When facing hardship or struggles we are encouraged to ‘be still’. In other words, stop striving, worrying and see what God does! This Psalm is also a great guide for praying into these situations as we can pray ‘Be still’! If you are in the midst of difficulties, challenges or troubles, why not give it a go?

Gary Bastin - Hope Community Church leader

Gary Bastin