Can you be still for five minutes? Completely still. Mind still. Body still. I tried it today. I had to set the alarm on my phone. I wandered quite a bit at first, but then my mind wandered back to this verse, so when the five minutes was up I read it again in context of the whole chapter.
When are we supposed to be still and watch God be exalted? (Note it doesn’t say be still and exalt me. There is no action on our part here.) In this chapter, mountains are falling into the sea and He is making wars cease; and yet we are told we should be still. I like the NASB version, which says:
“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalms 46:3, 10 NASB
It’s not, ‘stand still and fret.’ It’s, ‘cease striving.’
So it’s my challenge to myself and anyone who wants to join, set a time and be still for 5 minutes today. Sure, you could follow this verse in your mind and heart while running. But God created us with bodies, so let’s practice with our spirit, soul, and body. Take five minutes to be still and know nothing except that He is God and He will be exalted in the EARTH.