Can you imagine yourself in the situation, say, there will be a magnitude 8 earthquake or otherwise known as the “Big One” and it passes along the deadly fault line, wherein it will cause a tsunami and the breakage of dams. Can you say God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble habang andyan na yong tubig rumaragasa.
Or, what if the conflict among nations now results in World War 3? With our national defense now, am sure talo tayo. And there are bombs and bullets coming our way. Can you still say, God will help me at the break of the day?
Read Psalm 46
The Psalm is about a believer’s total trust and surrender to God.
In verses 1 to 3, the Psalmist here presented natural disasters or calamities at their worst. He mentioned the earth giving away, the mountains falling into the sea, and the sea surges like a tsunami maybe.
While, in verses 4 to 6, the psalmist speaks of war among nations, chaos within the land or his country.
But, it is also noticeable that in both natural and manmade disasters, the psalmist boldly speaks of his unwavering confidence in the Lord.
He actually acknowledged first the Lord’s role or doing in these circumstances, as we can see how the sentences were written in the text.
Before he mentioned the natural disasters, he already recognized that God is the refuge and strength, an ever present help in troubles.
He already stated that God will help them prior to his citation of the war among the nations.
Our example of calamities and wars are exaggeration for now but we can be sure those will happen, what we do not know is if it will be in our lifetime or not, although, what we can be sure of right now is the reason why the psalmist has this confidence in the face of unbearable circumstances, and that reason is God himself.
He said in verse 7, the Lord Almighty, Almighty! Is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress.
This leads him to exhort the people to come and see the works of the Lord, come and see that He is sovereign, that God is in control of both the natural and man-made disasters, He is at work, He knew all things because after all He is the author of life.
Lamentations 3:37- 38, “Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come?”
Come and see that the Lord is powerful above all kingdoms and dominions, in Haggai 2:22, the Lord says “I will overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms. I will overthrow chariots and their drivers; horses and their riders will fall, each by the sword of his brother.”
Thus, recognizing God’s sovereignty and might, the psalmist then recounts what the Lord had spoken to him, “Be still and know that I am God”.
He knows his God that’s why.
As Christians, we are faced with different trials, persecutions, needs, disappointments, what else, different kinds of troubles daily. Some are internal turmoil; soul- shaking, others are externals, brought by the corruption of this world or by corrupted people around us.
And the Lord tells us too, “Be still and know that I am God!”
Some of us Christians miss out on this. When trials come, big or small, external or internal, hopeless and helpless cases, this verse is our favorite. But, we often remain with “be still” and delay the “knowing God” or even neglect it.
For instance, we are so burdened by our family members, friends, relatives, espouses whom we wanted to be saved and be changed by God, and what do we do? We remain still.. literally..like nganga.
When in fact, when we know God, we also know that He commanded us to spread the good news and make disciples to include the people closest to us and even from all nations. (Matthew 28:19)
Have you sinned and suffer from guilt? If you know God, you know that if we fall into sin, we confess and he is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
When we know God, like the apostle Paul, even though we fall into various trials, we will learn to rejoice.
We will have a hope that, “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)
Are you weary? The Lord gives rest and encourages you to not give up for in due time you will receive your reward.
Are you in need materially or spiritually? 2 Peter 1:3 says, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
When we know God, we will also know that he wanted us to seek His kingdom first and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)
And, Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”]
He gave us His only begotten son Jesus Christ for us to know him first and foremost. Before, we were dead to sin and unable to seek God, we were slaves of the ruler of this world and under God’s wrath. But in that condition He chose to love us and save us through the blood of His Son Jesus Christ so that we may know Him and glorify His name.
Romans 3:25- 26 “…whom God jput forward as ka propitiation lby his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in mhis divine forbearance he had passed over nformer sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”
Sa totoo lang, when we know God, we cannot help but to be still and in that stillness, praises and worship follow. Is he not amazing? Can you not fully trust him with whatever circumstance you are into?
And all these, for one purpose, for His name’s sake, for his name to be exalted above all, and why not? He alone deserves to be glorified, for He alone is the One true God!