is God Actually Saying in Psalm 46?
This Psalm was the inspiration
for Martin Luthers hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.
It is a Psalm about God's strength and trusting Him in faith and obedience. It
is a Psalm of comfort, knowing that God is sovereign.
Psalms breathe the spirit of sturdy confidence in the Lord in the midst of very
real danger as strongly as does this one. H. C. Leupold, Exposition
of the Psalms, 1959, page 363
Looking at the context, the first
two verses of this Psalm establish the subject as our having comfort in times
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present
help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;
overall context is that of Israel facing danger. God is calling His people to
have an attitude of faith and trust in Him. They are to place their confidence
in God, and God will deliver them from the danger. Thats why this Psalm
inspired Luther to write A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. This
Psalm is not about sitting quietly waiting to feel Gods presence. Its
a Psalm about our God being a mighty fortress protecting us!
quotes Jonathan Edwards in his commentary on Psalm 46:10, explaining what it means
to be still:
Be still as to words; not speaking against the
sovereign dispensations of providence, or complaining of them; not darkening counsel
by words without knowledge, or justifying ourselves and speaking great swelling
words of vanity. We must be still as to actions and outward behaviour, so as not
to oppose God in his dispensations; and as to the inward frame of our hearts,
cultivating a calm and quiet submission of soul to the sovereign pleasure of God,
whatever it may be. Jonathan Edwards, (quoted by Charles Spurgeon),
The Treasury of David, Psalm 46:10
in Psalm 46:10 is not about resting. It does not mean to sit calmly and have
some quiet time with Jesus as Sarah Young says. Immediately after quoting Edwards,
Spurgeon also quotes Richard Cameron's July 18, 1680 sermon:
still, and know that I am God. This text of scripture forbids quarreling and murmuring
When facing mortal danger, we are to stop
fighting against God. We are to stop complaining about God. We are to stop striving
in our own wisdom and power, and TRUST God. Be still means we are
to submit to Gods will. We need to understand that He is sovereign, meaning
whatever He wills, that is what will happen. God is in control, so we need to
stop trying to take control away from Him... that is what be still
Psalm 46:10 - Scripture vs. Jesus Always
is about trusting the sovereignty of God. It is not about resting or silencing
your thoughts. By the way, New Age teachers never quote the entire verse. Lets
read all of it:
He says, Be still, and know that I
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.
What is it that exalts God? Is it
our sitting quietly, having a quiet moment with god, and waiting to hear his voice?
Or is it our submitting to His will and trusting Him to save us from all danger?
Which of these exalts and glorifies God? Ill take number two for ten points
and a win on this question.