I’m standing on this entire Psalm that begins with one of my favorite passages: “God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). The psalmist goes on to tell how he thwarts fear by trusting in God who is our refuge. The 10th verse, however, is a departure from the psalmist writing in the third person to God Himself giving us a directive. He says “be still.” In this passage be still literally means “to sink”, “to relax, or drop”. It is a wake up call to stop striving in your own efforts to fix a problem you cannot fix. He also says “know that I am God.” In the face of your problem, acknowledge who your God is! He is the Conqueror who is mighty to save! He is the Great Physician who is able to heal. He is the Strong Deliverer who can set us free. He is the One we run to; the only refuge that is sure and constant. This call was to the nations, and it is still for us today. Plan ahead, be careful, use precautions, please. But in the inward man, that place where you struggle with fear, anxiety, and unrest, be still. Sink! And acknowledge your God. He is your refuge and strength.
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