Be Still and Remember
Psalm 46:1-7, 10-11
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present[a] help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God will help her right early.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.[b]Selah
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.[c]Selah
How much more joy in life would we know if we truly trusted that God holds us, come what may? Instead we tell ourselves that we can’t be okay until we settle the latest crisis of our lives. Today’s psalm tells us to remember God is with us `though the waters of the ocean roar and foam, though the mountains tremble.’
When we are panicked and hurried we forget things. The things that are most important give way to things that are more urgent. We forget that God is with us.
The psalm recommends a way we can remember: “be still.” Be still and let the noise fall away; be still and remember the things that matters most. Our culture doesn’t reward being still; our faith does.