Psalm 46 Part 5
Now we come to the final two verses of this great Psalm and they say: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted on the earth; the Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge”. These verses are so profound and we mustn’t just read them because they have such a powerful message. The verse commences with the word ‘be’, this is an active now word – it does not apply to yesterday or tomorrow, you can only ‘be’ now. This is so important to understand, allow the truth of these words to apply to us no matter what is our situation. We should never forget that God is with us. As we look at the word ‘still’, this is a unique Hebrew word only used in this verse. The word still does not convey the richness of the word – it has two meanings firstly, ‘To refresh’ and secondly, ‘A desert place’. Firstly this could say to us “ calm down and be refreshed by the Lord”, this is something to apply to the way that we live in this world. Secondly, the thought of a desert place is not what we understand first, in Bible times a desert has two meanings and is described as firstly, “ A fertile place without water”. And secondly, it has great relevance to us “A place of preparation”: like what Moses and John the Baptist experienced. This verse is very clear the purpose of “Being Still” is to experience God now! We need to take a step back and see how relevant this is to the way that we are living. Next, we come to another word that has a meaning that is not obvious, the word is ‘Know’ which means “To ascertain (To find out) by seeing”. This places a different aspect on what the bible is saying. It means “Do I see that the Lord is God!” There is a danger that we can be side-tracked and not see that God is in control. There is a great reward when we see God in our everyday living and that He is in control. There comes a great peace and confidence in the way that we live when we rest in the fact that God is in control and I desire that you are experiencing it. The first line is all about our responsibility to ‘see God’ because the verse God goes on to say “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”. It is time for us to accept the truth not the lies of satan and those who have been deluded. It is time to repent and start declaring the truth of God’s word. God is greater than any news story, He is overall and waiting for us to believe the truth. I am so glad that the Lord is our refuge and that He is with us all the time. The challenge we face is ‘do I believe God?’ or is my opinion greater than God. I am so glad for the truth of Psalm 46, it is very relevant to the days in which we live and it is so comforting to know that God has the final word.