Be Still

Today's devotion from Psalms 45-47.

I've often heard, "Be still, and know that I am God." This is an important verse, one that is oft quoted in the context of turbulent times. However, when we look at the context of this verse, it is not as much about serenity as surrender.

The context is war. It begins with the turbulence of trouble, but it soon transitions to a scene in which we find the world at war with its Creator. The nations rage. The presence of the Lord of Hosts, a military term, is comforting during the confrontation. The psalmist writes, "He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire." (Psalm 46:9, ESV)

This is the language of war and strife. This is the context of our being still, or as another translation interprets it, "stop fighting." You can stop fighting. You can stop struggling. You can give in to God. This is about surrender.

Do you need to surrender today? Maybe you need to surrender to His work of salvation? Maybe you need to surrender to His direction? Maybe you need to surrender to His timing? Maybe you need to surrender to His way? Regardless, there is no reason to continue to fight and struggle. Instead, surrender to Him, and know that He is God.