Be Still And Know That I Am God

That phrase taken from the 46th Psalm is powerful in it’s meaning and command.

The Psalm is short so I’ll offer it in it’s entirety.  As you begin reading this Psalm you may sense a stillness come over you.

Psalms 46:1-11

1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3  Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.
4  There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.
5  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.
6  The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.
7  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
8  Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
9  He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
10  Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
11  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Did you sense a stillness come over your soul?

The author writes very powerfully that God IS our refuge, strength and help in trouble – regardless of what may come.  He speaks of calamities we can scarce imagine.

In it all he states: God is in the midst of her (the city of God); she shall not be moved.

Absolute Trust In God

This Psalm speaks of ABSOLUTE trust.  An absolute knowing and confidence in God.

When you think about it, there’s really nothing that can still our souls like meditating on the Rock that is our God.  In the stillness that results we can know God – develop and grow a relationship with God.

It is impossible to be successful in knowing God when we’re in turmoil.  When our mind is racing from one problem to another, flitting between possible solutions, wondering what will come next, grieving about past failures, etc.

All that activity is counterproductive to those who seek God.  Really it’s counterproductive to anything that is productive!

There are many ways that we could become still.  If others haven’t been right for you just try reading this Psalm over a few times.  Take it slowly considering each verse and the possible thoughts of the writer.  Allow the tension to leave your body and just relax as you read.

There’s nothing to fear because God is your refuge and strength, your very present help in trouble.

Wait

As you feel stillness ease over your spirit, just rest in gratitude for God’s loving hand upon you and wait.

As the Psalmist says in another place:

Psalms 27:14

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

There’s a miracle that occurs when you become still and then just wait on God.  You know how it is with a good friend – one who understands you well – sometimes you don’t have to say anything at all.  Just being in their presence you feel understood, renewed.

So it is and more so in God’s presence.

Don’t let your expectations get in the way.  Get my free course.  There are many hindrances to being still in God’s presence.  Learn what they are and how to avoid them.  Don’t fall for the tricks of the mind that keep you in constant turmoil.  Be Still.

And practice!  Have you ever done anything perfectly the first time?  ME either!  I’d like to say otherwise but I’d be lying.  Most everything we do takes a time or two – or more to get it right.

Just don’t give up!  You can do it!

I also invite you to read “What Is Faith?” to gain greater clarity around your relationship with God!
 

  • demetra November 5, 2009, 12:35 PM

    thank you so much for that encouraging word. it’s not always easy to wait, but we must trust and wait on GOD.

  • Janina November 26, 2009, 11:46 PM

    After I read Psalms 46:1-11 my mind slowed down and first time in my life I felt so restless. I felt that I am going going and I come nowhere. I became aware some repeated patterns of my life. I am moving in the same place because I must stay here. I must wait.

  • Robert November 28, 2009, 10:18 AM

    Janina,

    I believe you are exactly where you need to be – and completely within God’s will. Sometimes it feels like we’re not making any progress, but we can’t see the whole picture. Even when it feels like we’re getting nowhere, we are experiencing life and learning important lessons.
    More and more I’m realizing the importance of enjoying the journey and resting in the path God has laid before us.
    Simply trust.

    Robert

  • Rachel February 8, 2010, 4:10 AM

    The words wait and trust are encouraging words. In order for us to reach the ultimate goal that God has set for us, we must wait and absolutely trust in Him. Wait on Him to direct our paths and trust in Him because He will never leave nor forsake us.
    I am glad I have learned not to go ahead of God.

    Rachel

  • shweta May 11, 2010, 12:09 AM

    thanks for your support and guidance…it keeps the hope alive…

  • Chrissie June 9, 2010, 2:33 AM

    Hi
    Any tips on a wandering mind. Most of the time I don’t realise my mind is wandering until a few minutes in. I bring it back to God and to stillness but then off it goes again. Quite frustrating.
    I guess probably it’s just persisting in practising!
    Thanks
    Chrissie

  • Robert June 9, 2010, 10:55 PM

    Chrissie,

    That’s what the mind does. It’s essential for it’s survival – or so it thinks.

    Try just becoming the observer – just observe what your mind is doing without becoming frustrated. Don’t judge it. I have found that when I do this it slows down to a point where I’m comfortable in stillness.

    Persistence can become a form of resistance which may make it worse.

    Robert

  • Danielle June 14, 2010, 11:51 AM

    I really do think our minds can take control if we let them, but how can I gain self-control? I feel like i’ve lost myself-control in God and my negative mind took over when I KNOW i shouldn’t do this or that. i try to go positive in my mind, but sometimes it doesn’t last. What should I do to leave my mind on God forever?
    thank you,
    Danielle

  • Robert June 14, 2010, 10:18 PM

    Danielle,

    Self control is a trap based on judgments we make about ourselves, God, and our world. Exercising self control requires a great deal of energy, time and further judgments to determine which way we want to apply control over ourselves.

    This is contrary to Grace. Let go and Let God is really the way to go. That’s what becoming still and knowing God is all about.

    Don’t worry about keeping your mind on God forever. Just notice what your mind does in this moment. Intend for your mind to be still and communicate with God and then just observe. Your mind cannot continue it’s wandering when you become quiet and simply observe. If you judge it’s wanderings and attempt to control – there you go again – off down the road away from stillness.

    By becoming the observer you are giving it nothing to run with. You’re providing no stimulus for thought and it will slow down.

    Forever is just the accumulation of now moments. Be present and observe now.

    Make sense?

  • Thabisa September 30, 2010, 8:12 PM

    After i read this i feel happy and i have confidence in the Lord more than ever . It feels so good not to wory about things let God do that for you . I feel that im loved and i am so honoured to be loved by Him . Its not even 3 days i am in this site but i feel like i am at Home and that i am communicating with the child of God and i know that i was meant to be here. I cant wait to here of God word and what God is saying to me because now I AM STILL AND I KOW HE IS THE LORD AND THE GOD IN MY LIFE . Thank you stay highly blessed and highly favoured because you are saving many Souls

  • Robert September 30, 2010, 10:05 PM

    Thabisa,

    Welcome home! Perhaps we’re like the prodigal son returning to find that God is very different than we were thinking……

    Love and Blessings,

    Robert

  • s.k. wright March 14, 2011, 11:18 PM

    i,m 66 and raising my grand-daughter. i was told that i might not have a job in a few weeks and if that is true, then i will be homeless. i have no extra money i just worry about my grand-daughter. i don,t want her to go in foster homes. she doesn,t have a mother or father to care for her and i,m all she has. i was about to the panic stage when i started hearing god say, be still and know that i am . i have been hearing this in my mind over and over. so i,m turning all over to god.

  • Robert March 14, 2011, 11:49 PM

    S.K.,

    Keep still and wait for the light of inspiration. Fear not, doubt not, all is well.

    Blessings,

    Robert

  • JC April 1, 2011, 9:22 PM

    I am supposed to respond to divorce papers today. I have been praying and resting in God, trusting Him for 3 months (since my wife left with our 3 children under 5 years old and moved 900 miles away). I have not seen them or really talked to them. Everyone thinks I am crazy, that I should fight (not that I do not want to) but Psalm 37, Psalm 27:14 the verses above, they all make me feel peace about waiting, and when I think about other stuff I get stressed and fearful. Yes I fear the loss of my family, my life as I knew it. But God can restore things far better than I could. I just struggle with whether or not I am missing God. I do not want to fight my wife, I love her even though she has temporarily moved on with another man. But it is built on Sand, and we built on the rock. She is deceived, not honoring God or our marriage with Divorce and adultery. It may not be the right timing, and I may lose everything, but who ultimately is in control? (rhetorical question)…

  • Nick difabio June 6, 2011, 9:52 AM

    Hi I’m 16 I’m cathlioc I said all of this stuff I just felt goose bumps truthfully I have doubted the lord 1 time when I was 9 and my mom died I pray to god and her almost everyday I ask god jesus holy spirt and Mary to help me stay in gods path and protect me from any evil entities and to forgive me for dobting them if you have any tips or anything to help me feel close to god again because when I die I want to see my mom I miss her alot. Thank you

  • Robert June 8, 2011, 10:54 PM

    Nick,

    You are so much more than a 16 year old Catholic.

    The way I see it is: You and God are one – that’s at the deepest level – where the spark that gives you life and existence is. Your Mom and God are also one and so you are one with her – and every other soul as well.

    I believe you may tune into that truth and learn to sense spirit – the part of ourselves we typically ignore. You see, the physical aspect that we think is us demands so much attention that we ignore who we really are, and we miss the connectedness to each other. This focus on separation robs us of power because we’re focusing on an idea that isn’t in alignment with who we really are.

    When you are thinking about your mom and how much you miss her, notice how you feel in your physical body. Weak or strong?

    Then think about your mom as being one with you and ever present with you along with God and notice how that makes you feel in your body.

    Focus on that which makes you strong. Exclude the thinking that feels weak and powerless. Those thoughts do not serve. They’re not in alignment with reality.

    I know this is easier said than done. Old training kicks in – but you’re just 16. I’m 40. You’ll be more able to do this than someone older who is more set in their ways of thinking and being.

    Let me know how it goes for you!

    Blessings,

    Robert

  • Joshua July 13, 2011, 12:19 AM

    Wow, I DO feel a peace. I actually feel like it’s possible (not hopeless) to commune with the living God. *deep sigh of relief*

  • Robert July 13, 2011, 6:21 AM

    Awesome! Every thing begins with a belief in the possibility of that thing!

    Robert

  • Joshua August 16, 2011, 7:56 PM

    Man, i read this over for the second time and it just feels great.
    I can’t wait to hear from you again Rob about how to hear God. In addition to your help, I’ve been reading a book called Finding God by Ken Kaisch from 1994. Take a look, it’s pretty good.

  • Robert August 16, 2011, 10:39 PM

    Thanks Joshua,

    I’ll look into Ken’s book.

    It’s always good to hear of progress!

  • nick difabio September 28, 2011, 10:07 AM

    Hi when you asked me when I think about my mom in prayer does my body feal weak or strong? When I pray or even think about my mom I just get goosebumps and get really shaky. Alot of my friends don’t belive in god and it all ways gets to me. They say why do people die and I say there sport was need else where they just argue with me. And I’m very sensitive to this my mom and I would go to church every Sunday when I was little until my dad gained custody of me, and I transferred to a catholic school in Philadelphia, I always had high grades in religion. What I’m really trying to say is when people ask me these questions I think about it in science with the whole big bang theory. I do love god but some things just don’t seem to add up to me with the stories and people that have near death experiances say they see the light and jesus body did resurrect for 7 days if I’m not correct I’m just very curious I have alot of questions that I feel that need to be answered there are no catholic churches so I can’t talk to a priest I served for god I was an alter boy. I don’t want to keep you, you probably have other things to do then listin to a 16 year old write a whole story but please write me back it was comforting to hear what you said before. Nick

  • Robert September 28, 2011, 11:07 AM

    Nick,

    Keep asking the hard questions and keep finding the answers. God has promised that those who seek will find.
    I wouldn’t worry about not having a priest around to ask questions of. You see, you have everything you need to discover the deepest mysteries. That’s true for every person. Most of us simply do not trust ourselves that much.
    We think we are not enough, not educated enough, not old enough, not rich enough, not spiritual enough, and the list goes on and on. And somehow we think, if we could just find the right person to answer all our questions, we’d be set.
    Not so. Even if I gave you all my answers, they would not be your answers. Only you, your unique manifestation of God in human form, can find the answers you need.
    Everything about you is unique. There isn’t another human being on this planet exactly like you. And the answers that many accept won’t work for you. You already know this. I’m reminding you so that perhaps you can become a little more comfortable seeking and finding on your own. The journey is sometimes a bit lonely, but when the answers come, they are powerful and irrefutable, and they’re all yours!
    And yes I have a lot to do, but do I really have anything better to do than respond to a 16 year old? Nah…

    Blessings,

    Robert

  • nick difabio September 29, 2011, 6:32 AM

    Thanks

  • Paul April 2, 2012, 9:39 AM

    well i just read this page and was lifted up in spirit and hope i have very strong faith in god but i was doubting the voice within until i read this and i now know that god wants me to become a preacher but not just any preacer one who unites all christian no matter what domination they are i believe in healing and all the gifts god has givin to us he wants me to reveal to the world show them his power and love i just want to say thank u for steering me on to my path im a young christian and that was very helpful GOD bless!!! keep doing what your doing

  • Robert April 2, 2012, 10:33 AM

    Paul,

    Thanks! Always listen to that voice…

    I’m still learning this.

    Blessings,

    Robert

  • Eric January 19, 2013, 12:15 AM

    My life feels meaningless. without sucess or any kind of luck or heavenly blessings. I work hard at being the best I can be, im forgiving, loving and caring all these things but all I seem to get in return is trial after trial. I am exhausted I feel I have nothing else to give. I am there for people but no one ever seems to be there for me. People who do not appreciate love seem to have it even with their Narcissistic personality. These people do not deserve this love but God gives them all they want. I beg,plead, pray, wait, gripe and God will not give me thelove of my life that I prayed for. These other people do not even pray for love and they abuse every relationship they are in. I feel hopeless and do not understand anything anymore, not that I ever did.

  • Robert January 19, 2013, 11:29 AM

    Eric,

    Your comment reveals much and the first thing that jumps out at me is your judgment of those who have what you desire.

    You’re judging them very harshly. You’ve got a deep seated belief that says something like “Only bad people get what they want”. You on the other hand are being everything you believe is good and therefore you cannot allow yourself to have what “bad” people enjoy.

    The key for you is to forget about what others have, want, or seem to be. Become more selfish. I know that sounds bad, but you’re miserable and only you know what you want out of life. Spend some time quietly creating in your mind the Eric that has and is everything you want Eric to be.

    It’s all about you my friend. Leave out all thoughts of others, what others think, what others have taught you, etc. Drop it all. It’s worthless to you for your growth.

    Stop working hard at being the best. Be the love that you are. (That IS what you are. You don’t need to be anything else.) And don’t “be” with expectations to get something from other people. “Be” because that’s who you are. That’s the ONLY reason to “be”!

    As you focus on being who you are because of who you are, you’ll find your way free of the attachments of others meeting your needs and expectations, and you’ll find all you desire!

    It just takes a small shift to create big change.

    Blessings,

    Robert

  • Bakare olusola February 6, 2013, 9:37 AM

    waiting on God takes a conscious effort has time goes on one wont find it difficult to focus

  • Robert February 6, 2013, 9:49 AM

    It does require conscious effort. Everything worthwhile requires conscious effort. It seems difficult because we live much of our lives unconsciously. And we often neglect the power out focus. Practice focusing. That’s all that’s required to get good at it!

    Blessings,

    Robert

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