“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 NKJV
I’m not the kind of chick who sits still very well. I must be doing something at all times. Learning to “be still and know” has been a huge challenge in my life. I don’t have it conquered quite yet, but I’ve improved drastically from the fully independent person I sought to be most of my life. I called this blog Jill Being Still because that’s my goal in life. To be still and know that God’s God. To trust Him with everyone, everything. To trust Him with my entire life.
I love to look up Greek and Hebrew words and study out meanings. It makes my inner nerd do a happy dance. So today on this Deep Thought Thursday, we will start with Psalm 46:10…
“Still” in this context is a verb. Funny that being still is actually an action. It means “to leave off your own attempts and know.”
“Know” means to know from experience to be acquainted with.
“God” here is the Hebrew word Elohim (Elohiym). This is usually used as the one true God. It’s the first Name that God revealed in His Word. Elohim is plural, and it includes all 3 in the Godhead. Elohim is the God that created the heavens and the earth with spoken words. He is the first and last and everything in between. He’s the ultimate in power and creativity.
“Exalted” here talks of someone who is high and lofty because they are eminent in power.
So when you look at the whole verse, it could have been written, “Seek Me & know Me. Know who I am. Know how much I love you and rest in that love. I AM the all powerful Elohim who created the world. I’m not worried. The world may not see or understand now, but trust Me when I say, they will one day know that I AM GOD and they will bow. Choose to have a relationship with Me. Choose to let Me be Me. Choose to stop striving. Choose to let Me work on your behalf, and I will do what you cannot.”
Being still is always a choice. Always. You can choose to wear yourself out running around doing your own thing. I did that for a long time and I highly don’t recommend it. If you’re a perpetual mover like I am, rest assured that being still doesn’t mean you never do anything. It just means that you do your part, and let God do His. He wants to be your life long partner. It’s what He intended with Adam in the Garden. But that’s another story for another deep thought Thursday.
Much Love. Jilly
*All definitions taken from Gesenius’s Lexicon as posted on http://www.blueletterbible.org/search.cfm. This is a FANTASTIC site, I recommend using and financially supporting it. 🙂