Be Still Bible Verse
The Encouraging Words of Psalm 46:10

The "Be Still Bible verse" is found in Psalm 46.10.  It is there that we read… 

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!”  

Have you ever faced an insurmountable enemy?  Have the obstacles in your life overwhelmed you and prevented you from moving forward?  Have the cravings of addictions assaulted your journey to stay clean?  

We face enemies every day.  Our greatest enemy is Satan who “walks around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour”  (1 Pet. 5.8).  He is the “ruler of this world” (John 12.31).  

What is this world in which he rules?  The apostle John tells us that “all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father, but of the world”  (1 John 2.16).  We are also told that those who are of the world “makes himself an enemy of God”  (James 4.4).  

Here is the enemy of God and humanity, and he is doing everything that he can in order to separate us from God.  He dispatches his demons into the world to place temptation in our path hoping to get us to love the world and become the enemies of God.  To protect ourselves, God has given us spiritual armor. 

Would it not be a wonderful blessing to know that we are protected?  Though your enemies attack you and try to sabotage your life and turn you against God, would you be surprised to know that God is watching out for you?  

If we were to put this "Be Still Bible verse" back into the context of Psalm 46, we would find a verse that gives us great encouragement and gives the enemy a great cause to fear.  

As we look at the context of Psalm 46, we will discover two valuable messages.

This "Be Still Bible Verse" Encourages us to Trust in God

If you back up to the beginning of the psalm, notice how the psalm begins.

Psalm 46.1:  “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”

The word “refuge” refers to a place of safety and protection.  The word “strength” refers to God’s ability.  

Notice the phrase, “a very present help.”  In the original language, it carries the idea of current faith based on past experience. 

In essence, the writer is saying that God has delivered them from dangers and threats in the past.  Because of that, he trusts that God will be there to help them in times of current distress.  

If you keep reading, the writer then identifies the trouble that he is facing.

Psalm 46.2,3:  “Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.”

We are reading about catastrophic events.

  • The earth is removed.
  • The mounted are carried into the midst of the sea.
  • The waters are turbulent.
  • The mountains shake and are swelling.

This is not referring to the end of the world.  The writer is using symbolic language to describe the severity of the war that was coming.  

Later in this psalm, he makes reference to the nations that rage (v. 6).  He refers to wars and the weapons of war  (v. 9).  

This is a psalm about the nations surrounding Israel saber rattling.  The Egyptians, Syrians, Assyrians, and Babylonians, were surrounding Israel on every side and threating war and the end of the life of Israel as they knew it.  

In the midst of all their threats, verse 2 begins with the word “Therefore, I will not fear.”

Even in the worst case scenario where it seems as though the entire world is coming to an end, the psalmist says, “I will not fear.”  

Don’t miss the word “therefore.”  This is a word that connects what was just said with what is about to be said.  The reason why he writes that he will not fear is because of what he said in the previous verse.  God is his protection and the source of his strength.  As a result, he will not fear all the troubles that are coming upon him.

Put it together.  Even if the worst should happen and our enemies destroy our culture, take away our daily necessities, even destroy our lives, I will not be afraid of them.  Why?

Because my God will protect me.  Because of His ability, I have help in times of trouble.  Just as God has helped me in times past, He will be there to help me with these troubles as well.

You may not have been forced to deal with invading armies from hostile countries, but have you struggled with enemies to your health?  Have you suffered from an illness that threatened your way of life and has even threated to take your life?

Have you struggled with financial hardships and faced bill collectors calling at all hours of the night?  Have you had trouble paying your bills, even those which provide necessary services such as power and gas?  

Have you fought against selfishness and apathy which threatens your marriage, your job, your relationships with your friends?  

There are threats all around us and within us which threaten our way of life.  But even in the worst case scenario, you need to know that God is your protection.  He is there for you and involved in your life.  

Think about the times in the past where you have faced hardship.  Did things work out?  Was God there for you when you needed Him?  Use those examples as evidence to prove that God will be there for you in these present times of distress just as He has in the past. Therefore, you can say, “I will not fear.”

This "Be Still Bible Verse" Sends a Message to Our Enemies

As you keep reading this psalm, you will find a message given to the enemies.  It is in this message that we find the "be still Bible verse."  

The psalmist calls on the enemies to “behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth”  (Ps. 46.8).  Here is psalmist turning to the enemies of God’s people and warns them.  He tells them to take note of what God has done to the enemies in the past.

  • He writes about how God “makes wars cease”  (Ps. 46.9)
  • He “breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two”  (Ps. 46.9)
  • He also “burns the chariot in the fire”  (Ps. 46.9).

Those who wage war against God’s people will come to a swift end.  By destroying the enemies, the war ceases, the weapons they used to attack His people are broken, and their vehicles used to pursue His people are burned. 

Who does this?  It is God who ends the threat.  

That leads right into verse 10 where we come to the "be still Bible verse."  

Notice that there is a shift in the pronouns being used.  In verses 1-9, the psalmist is speaking and describing the protection of God’s people.  He writes about the fear that ought to be in the hearts of those who come against His people.  

Then in verse 10, there is a shift.  It is as if God suddenly interjects Himself into the conversation and has a message to the enemies.  What is the message? “Be still and know that I am God”  (Ps. 46.10). 

To those who go to war with the people of God, God says, you need to stop and think.  You need to understand that these people whom you attack are My people, and they are protected.  

Concluding Thoughts

This “be still Bible verse" emphasizes that God is involved in our lives.  He protects us from those things that may align themselves against us.  No matter what is going on in our lives, we can be still and know that God is with us.  God is still protecting us.  

The Creator of all things is there for you.  1 Corinthians 10.13 tells us that “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able.” 

You may have your struggles with life. You may be overwhelmed by the hardships of life.  But no matter what you face, God will never let you face more than what you are capable of handling.  

So when you are suffering and do not think that you can deal with it anymore, be still and know that He is God.  And He will never leave you nor forsake you.   

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