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.
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.
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:
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!