“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 46:10-11
Most loving Father, whenever I hear the command to “Be still”, my default mode takes me back to several elementary school teachers who consistently told me to “Sit still!” I don’t fault them, for I was a squirmy, restless little person. But you’ve not commanding me to sit still, but to be still, and there’s a world and gospel of difference.
You’re not trying to control me, but console me. You’re not impatient or frustrated by me. You’re caring and compassionate with me. Bring your peace to bear in my adult squirmy and restless heart. You’re with me and for me, O Lord Almighty. I know this because of everything you’ve done for me in Jesus. You’re a fortress of comfort for broken people like Jacob and me… a haven of rest… a strong-tower of grace.
To know that you are God in this very moment and place, is to remember that nothing and no one else IS God. You have no competition… counterfeits, but no competition. Kings and nations are not God, for one Day, you will be exalted among all the nations. The nations are like droplets in your bucket. Storms and environmental disasters are not God, for you will be exalted in the earth. You send the earthquake and harness the hurricane for your purposes.
But neither are my circumstances God… nor the opinions of others… nor getting older… nor the choices of people I love… nor the mistakes I make and the sins I commit. In fact, it’s so good to know that I’m not God, though at times my attitude, prayerlessness and unbelief would indicate a measure of self-divinity…
Be exalted in the daily-ness of my today, dear Father. Let me see your hand and heart at work in everything. I don’t want to be a practical atheist about anything… any little thing. You are working all things together after the counsel of your will. You are working in all things for the good of those who love you… that would be me, only because you first loved me in Jesus.
I may not sit still, but because the gospel is true, I will be still. With palms up in surrender and praise, I enter this day. So very Amen, I pray, in Jesus’ excellent and exalted name.