Mark spoke from Ps 46 on Sunday morning, looking especially at verse 10: ‘Be still and know that I am God.’

We are often so busy running around seeking blessing that we fail to be still before God and, ironically, miss the blessings He has for us. We can flit from church to church or run after big name speakers,looking for spiritual thrills all the time. Psalm 46 looks at how great and awesome God is. We need to do the same.

God’s power is such that He can do amazing things with just a word, even bringing wars to an end (Ps 46:6, 9). His admonition to be still is not simply addressed to His people, but to the world, for even His enemies can do nothing when He acts. Enemies are removed; they need to stop fighting God, for He will always be the winner!

God is with us (Ps 46:7, 11). He is our refuge, our strength, our help – not only in times of ease, but in times of trouble. His command is for us to be still, just as it was to Moses before the parting of the Red Sea (‘Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.’ (Ex 14:1-15))

God brought victory to the Israelites and made a way for them where there was no way. When we are in turmoil, God has a plan He is working out. We need to be still to recognise His authority in our lives. We can take refuge in God and understand that however bad things are for us, He will fight for us and even evil forces will submit to Him.

God stops the warring. He brings us peace. He, then, gets the glory.