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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!

Psalms 46:10

To be still is a very sacred thing. From a spiritual standpoint it is the closest we can feel to God. To witness creation first-hand in the radiant aliveness of the present moment.

When I meditate on this verse it makes me feel comforted. To be still is to put your doubts aside and simply be. To know by witnessing directly. Is this an act of faith?

To continue… it seems that indeed God did become exalted among the nations and in the Earth as this verse says. Although it seems to me that somewhere along the way with the emphasis on empiricism many of us have dispensed with the need for faith in God. I was like that too. In fact this is my first day becoming Christian.

It’s a curious verse. It seems to suggest many things in just two sentences. The first sentence is spiritual and talks about stillness and having faith – two cornerstone concepts.

Most writers would then back that up with evidence. But instead it sort of goes on to confound the reader by suggesting something greater than any man could achieve. Except as History shows, Jesus himself.

Stillness, in a slightly different light, can mean surrender. Taken in this regard God is telling us to surrender to his authority.

This also has spiritual pertinency because surrender is all you can really do in the face of creation. Our mind is capable of great accomplishments… but still when you learn about the complexity of the 36 trillion cells working together to keep each of us alive the appropriate posture is humility. Surrender even.

Is God telling us that the future belongs to him? That Christianity will be the dominant paradigm and have the last laugh? It speaks to a certain need. The human need to be on the winning team. To have a brighter future to look forward to. Not persecution and irrelevancy but glory.

Is this meant to be taken literally? That Christianity will be the dominant paradigm and the future will belong to it?

Has this “literal promise” already came and went – such as in antiquity or the middle-ages? With colonialism spreading Christianity all over the world?

In this case it could be considered a divine promise that was kept. A promise for the greatest movement the world has ever seen. Taking centre-stage in the hearts and minds of billions of men (and women) over millennia.

What men in history could have created a movement that delivered on the promise to “be exalted among the nations”?

  • Socrates
  • Buddha
  • Jesus Christ
  • Mohammed
  • Queen Victoria
  • US founding fathers
  • Karl Marx

So, taken literally, either we can consider that this was a promise that came to pass or it is a promise that has not yet fully come to pass.

It seems that in this verse we are being asked to be still and surrender to God. Because he is the ultimate reality behind creation. In other words… because he is God.

How are we to accept that though? In this individual world why should we surrender to anyone or anything? I read a quote by Plato the other day: “Philosophy begins in wonder”. Could we also say “faith begins in wonder”. Can it not also begin in common-sense?


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