“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10a
A Field of Flowers.
As I read this verse, I couldn’t help imagining myself at the foothills of a beautiful mountain range, standing in a peaceful meadow next to a flowing stream of water. The air was crisps and the lilies were dancing to the sound of classical music playing in the background.
It’s here, in this beautiful and quiet place, that I could just be still like the flowers and truly know and experience the Lord.
Well, that place my mind imagined definitely doesn’t exist in my real life, and I’m guessing it doesn’t exist in yours either. On the contrary my real life is loud and chaotic, filled with drop-offs and pickups, and a long list of to-do’s in between. So when exactly am I supposed to find time to go stand among the lilies and know God?
To answer that question I decided to re-read the whole chapter of Psalm 46, and what I found surprised me. I soon realized that verse 10 is not talking about a flowery field, but instead a war zone.
Taken as a whole, Psalm 46 is about rejecting fear even though the earth might crumble or the mountains may sink into the sea (bad stuff). It’s about trusting God as a refuge and ever present help in trouble. It’s about the nation’s raging against God, while at the same time God making an end to all war by crushing their weapons and burning their chariots.
So I concluded this morning that the phrase “be still” is less about finding a perfect place or moment to knowing God, and more about stopping in the middle of a war zone to look up and remember why and who you are living it for.
So be still and know that God is God. But not in some magical avatar place that doesn’t really exist, but in the real battlefield of your life with bosses yelling, kids screaming, and all of hell raging against you. This is the place to take a breath, pause, be still, and know that God is God. Not just in the flowers, but also under gunfire.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalms 46:10