be still…

I’m not sure why I don’t read Psalm 46 every day – or even every hour of every day – since every time I read it I am led to take a couple deep breaths, relax my body, slow my thoughts and remember that I’m not in control of everything…or anything. And I never was. In case it’s been a while since you’ve read it, or maybe if you aren’t sure which one number forty-six is, I’ll post it below. Read it out loud if you’re in a place where that’s socially acceptable. Let the words speak to you and don’t forget to just…be…still.

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God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see the works of the LORD,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire.

“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 46 (NIV)

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4 thoughts on “be still…

  1. If you go back to the Hebrew – “Be Still” can be translated as “Cease Striving” This has given me a new outlook on this as well…Blessings on your day! 🙂

  2. I had a wall paper border in my bedroom growing up that said “Be Still and Know That I Am God”. It was a source of comfort, especially after the accident, and I would lie in bed staring at it, reading it over and over again until I feel asleep.

    Thanks for the reminder to find time to just be still and feel His presence.

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