Be still

Each morning this week I will send out a reminder and brief thought about the passage of meditation for that day. If you weren’t at Hoover yesterday, I preached on the Spiritual Discipline of Meditation and asked everyone in the congregation to meditate on a different passage of Scripture each day.

For today, the passage is Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Most of us like control, and we become tense and anxious when things are beyond our control. We worry about the choices our children are making or will make, and we fret over next year’s elections. We’re concerned about the path of the next big storm and the solvency of Social Security. What’s happening to our economy? What about the federal deficit? We’re stressed over the results of last week’s MRI. What’s on your heart today?

I hope it’s helpful for you to focus on the fact that whatever is troubling you, God is in control, even through all of the uncertainty. He is God today and tomorrow and forever. He wants you to trust Him.

Psalm 46 is one of the most beautiful psalms in the psaltery. Focus your thoughts today on verse 10, but you would be blessed by reading the entire psalm.

May God bless you today as you meditate on His word.

In Christ,

Chuck

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Here are a few alternate translations:

‎‎New King James: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

King James: “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

New American Standard: “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

New Revised Standard: “Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”

Today’s New International: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Message (a paraphrase): “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.”

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