Be Still and Know that I Am God

This meditation is based on a passage for November 14 , 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Psalm 46

Reflection and Question: This is a psalm I was required to memorize in high school. And although its subject matter isn’t one which I would typically find comfort from – the glorification of military victory by the Judean king – it still comforts me immensely. This psalm is also a pivot point between the tribal God of Israel and the universal God who made heaven and earth. However, these points are secondary to the striking images of refuge in times of trouble, streams that make glad the city of God, help when the morning dawns, and making wars cease. How do you respond to the assurance that when God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved?

Prayer: O God, You have taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved. In quietness and confidence shall be our strength. By the might of Your Spirit, lift us we pray that we may be still and know that You are God. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.