Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 46:10
“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth!” – Psalm 46:10
The idea in the first part, where it says ‘Be Still’ is to Cease Striving. In the beginning of this chapter, we see the following, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;” Psalm 46:1-2. The author of this Psalm starts off by declaring that God is our refuge. He is where we can flee when we find ourselves in trouble. He goes on to say that we shall not fear, no matter what happens. Though there be catastrophic world calamities or major army attacks, we can trust God. And why? “The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.” Psalm 46:7.
We need to think this way. We need to remember that the Lord of Hosts is with us. “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” Hebrews 13:5. God’s promise is that no matter what happens, we will be OK. For He will be with us. However, in looking at Paul and the disciples, He may take us home, but we will be OK.
When we get into any type of trouble, no matter how extreme, we must cease our striving against it, do what we can but remember that God is always with us. Our God is almighty, all knowing, and fills our universe, both known and unknown. He can deliver us from any trial, tribulation or persecution we may run into. It may be taking the situation away or bringing us safely through by giving us the strength to endure. I have read many stories of Christians who were persecuted beyond belief. People like Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand who suffered greatly at the hand of Russian controlled Romania, and eventually founded Voice of the Martyrs. Or Aida Mikhailovna Skripnikova who was sentenced to three years in a Soviet prison camp because she witnessed to the Russians, but also because she told the Judge in her trial the following, “The Christian can’t be anything but confrontational. Once you know the truth, this means following it, and if necessary, suffering for it.” Or He may deliver us by taking us home, like Stephen in Acts 6-7, where Luke writes, “But being full of the Holy Spirit, he (Stephen) gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” Acts 7:55-56. And after this, they stoned him to death.
We have no idea how God will bring us through our trials. However, what we do know is that He will. So, as God spoke to the writer of Psalm 46:10, He also speaks to us, as our focus verse says. “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth!”
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.