When I’m sick I go to my doctor and he tells me what to do. Unfortunately, he doesn’t always tell me the why of the what. Though I trust him for the most part, I know I’ll be more compliant with his instructions if I have the whys. So I ask questions.
Today, I want to take a look at a Scripture that is quoted frequently as a stand alone verse, however, by itself it only gives us the what and not the why.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.”
The word still in this verse comes from the Hebrew word râphâh and it means, more or less, to chill out. In my experience Psalm 46:10 is quoted most often in an effort to comfort those in the midst of a terrible life storm. Which is equivalent to telling someone to stop being anxious during a full-blown panic attack.
If a friend is telling me to chill out when I’m freaking out they need to give me a better reason than a one sentence quote from a Psalm.
And the Great Physician does.
He knows our needs and not only gives us the whys before the whats but He also gives us the Who. And it’s all in the nine preceding verses of Psalm 46.
So why the prescription for the chill pill and who is this God?
The Psalmist carefully lays out who God is, about His power, His presence and in His past faithfulness.
Verse 1 tells us who He is and where He is. “God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble.”
Again the Psalmist assures us of God’s presence, in verse 7, “The Lord Almighty is with us … ”
and then again who He is, “The God of Jacob is our fortress.”
He tells of His power and past faithfulness in verse 8, where it is written, “Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.”
Knowing that God is God is knowing He is all-powerful, ever-present, and He is our protection.
Now that I have the whole story on being still, the whys and so on, it makes sense to take my chill pill, sleep on it and call on God in the morning.
***While “Be still and know that I am God” is a lovely sounding Scripture with powerful implications, its impact is greater when its context is completely explained with its adjoining verses. Which makes me think twice about how I quote a verse to someone else. Maybe you too?
Making Mondays less mundane with a word from the Word.
Looking forward, pressing on and trusting God in every bump ad twist in the road.