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Be still and know that I am God: Do you know the REAL meaning of that Scripture?

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You may be familiar with this verse found in Psalm 46:10 NIV because it is one of the more popular scriptures in the Bible. But do you know what it means? Do you know what situations to apply it to?

If not, here’s a simple breakdown:

Part 1.) - “Be still…” The Hebrew word rapa, translated “be still” in this verse means to “cease, let drop, be weak, or slacken.” It does not mean to sit and meditate on God’s ways, as some would have you believe—although taking out time to search God’s statutes is recommended elsewhere in His Word (Psalm 119:15, Joshua 1:8).

When you put this verse in the context of the Psalm, which is about God’s people in the midst of a war, it takes on the meaning of “stop fighting.” Some Bible translations actually have it written that way. Be still in this psalm means to surrender the fight to God. Don’t try and win the battle on your own, which is a message we all need to hear from time to time.

Part 2.) - “…and know that I am God…” “Know”, in this context, means to acknowledge, rather than just have the info sitting dormant in the corner of your mind. Know who you serve, the Lord Almighty, the great I AM, Jehovah Jireh, Abba, Father—the one, true, living God! When you realize that the greatest force, not in the universe but above it, is on your side, being still won’t be as much of a challenge.

You won’t fret when trouble comes your way, because your trust is not in the uncertainty of your own hands, but in the hands of the One who controls all things. You won’t exhaust all your resources trying to end the attacks by your lonesome, because you know that the bulk of the fight is being taken on by He who is in you. So be still, and know that He is God.

Part 3.) - “… I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” God is jealous for His name, meaning, He cares about His reputation. He wants to be glorified and exalted, and He’s going to get that glory through you if you’ll move out of the way and let Him fight the battle for you.

Trust in the Lord, because when it’s all over, His great deeds will be seen by all and His name, just as He wants it, will be lifted high. All this is working together for your good (Romans 8:28) and for His glory. When God comes out on top, so will you. The Lord never loses a battle, so put your trust in He who is victorious and always causes us to triumph (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Whatever battle you’re going through, mental, physical or spiritual, just be still and acknowledge the God you serve, resting in His might as He fights the battle for you.

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