Be Still and Know that I Am God – Psalm 46:10

I want to share something with you that has been a lifeline for me in difficult times: Psalm 46:10 – Be still and know that I am God. Life can throw some pretty tough challenges our way, can’t it? Whether it’s a mountain of stress at work, a relationship in turmoil, health issues, or just the weight of uncertainty about the future, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Be Still and Know that I Am God Bible Verse

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10) One of the first things we should notice is that this Psalm is written in the third person and intended to be a song. Psalm 46 was written to be sung as a song of praise by God’s people. Not only is God worthy of our praise, but He longs for His praise to be proclaimed from the ends of the earth 

Before we dive into what it means to be still and know that He is God, let’s pause for a moment to look at this verse in other translations.

Translations of Psalm 46:10

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Reading multiple translations of this passage can help us gain a deeper understanding. 

  • He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (New International Version)
  • “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” (New Living Translation)
  • “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (English Standard Version)
  • Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. (King James Version)
  • “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted on the earth.” (New American Standard Bible)

Bible Verses of Psalm 46

Psalm 46:10 be still and know that I am God

Now, before we dive into that verse, let’s take a step back and soak in the rest of the psalm. 

God is Our Refuge

The psalmist starts by declaring that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Then, the psalmist paints a vivid picture of chaos reigning around us—earthquakes, mountains trembling, and waters roaring. 

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.

God is Our Peace

But in the midst of this chaos, there’s a stillness, a peaceful river that flows from God’s voice into a heart that is steadfast in faith and trust.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.

God is Our Lord Almighty

This peace gives us the calm assurance of knowing Who is in control.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.

God is With Us

And that’s where Psalm 46:10 comes in. 

Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Be Still and Know that I Am God Meaning

“Be still.” It’s not just about physical stillness, though that can be part of it. 

It’s about a deep, soul-level stillness, a quiet confidence that comes from knowing that the God of Jacob is with us, the Lord of hosts is our fortress. 

I love how the NASB version says it – “Stop striving and know that I am God…”. 

It’s about letting go of our striving, our worrying, our frantic attempts to control everything, and resting in the assurance that God is sovereign, He is in control, and He is working all things together for our good.

But here’s the thing, friend: being still doesn’t mean being passive. It’s not about sitting back and doing nothing. It’s about actively trusting in God’s Word, finding great comfort in His promises, actively leaning into His strength, and actively seeking His will. 

It’s about praying without ceasing, seeking His guidance in His Word, not leaning on our own understanding, and walking in obedience to His commands.

When we do that—when we surrender our fears, our doubts, our anxieties, and our struggles to Him—He promises to exalt Himself. He promises to show Himself strong on our behalf, to work miracles in our midst, and to be glorified in our lives.

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