“BE STILL.” (Psalm 46:10) In our hectic world, we often like to grasp hold of these words to relieve our stresses. We see ourselves becoming quiet before God and focusing on Him, His voice, and His agenda for our lives. BUT in reality, those words are part of a longer sentence with a more prophetic intention.
Psalm 46 is part of the prophetic trilogy psalms of 46, 47, 48. During a future season of tumult upon our planet. A season where “the mountains will be carried into the midst of the sea… (where) waters roar and are troubled, (where) the mountains shake with the swelling; (where) the heathen rage, the kingdoms move, and the earth melts.” (46:2-6) In these verses, there are only two sources of hope: God Himself as our Refuge and a stream whose waters “make glad the city of God.” (46:4)
God Himself is the one Who is capable of being the catalyst to stop the heaving planet and the fighting nations. The raging stops with Him.
Several Bible scholars refer to this river as a source of “calmly but smoothly flowing water.” They say it refers to a season of the peace and blessing of a Divine Presence. (Bible Hub). And then we see God’s decree: “He makes wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spears asunder; He burns the chariot in the fire. BE STILL (stop fighting) and know that I am God: I WILL be exalted among the heathen; I WILL be exalted in the earth.” (46:9-10) This season, in reality, starts with God’s perfect timing for His kingdom to be fulfilled on earth as it is in heaven, and it finishes at His command of “BE STILL.”
Many fear this future season of distress, but we shouldn’t. We are in the ark of safety, in God Himself as our Refuge. Remember, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will NOT fear…” (46:1) The future kingdom awaits us just on the other side of this season of tumult. Let us possess our souls with patience. Let us “take heed, watch, and pray.” Let us “occupy until He comes.” Let us “not be weary in well doing.” Let us lay hold “of the hope set before us.” Let us focus on God our refuge, on this beautiful peaceful era of prosperity, and let us hope in this future kingdom!