Monday, April 18, 2011

Be still and know that I am God.

In Psalm 46:10, the writer penned one of the most notable and repeated lines in all of the scriptures. "Be still and know that I am God." What does it mean to be still? Does this mean we don't do anything? Does this mean we are called to be stagnant, or inactive, or stationary? Or, does being still mean resting our identity in the fact that God is God and we are not? This short two part statement has a command and an implication. The command is to stop finding our sense of self worth in our activity, or frenetic lifestyle, and to know that God is God. What does it mean to know that God is God? I think it means that we set aside our notions of our identity being shaped by our work, our achievement or or status in relation to others, and we find our identity in the one in whose image we are made. When we are still and our identity and self-image is shaped by the one who made us, then we are being still and knowing that God is God. And God is more powerful than we can imagine. Be first, do second. Rest well.