Psalm 46:10

Psalm 46 is a great comfort during times of challenge. And during this COVID-19 pandemic, its truth that we can "be still & know that I am God" can help as many of us face uncertainty like never before. We asked Silas Balraj, Compassion’s Vice President of the Asia Region, to share a reflection on Psalm 46 khổng lồ help us understand the meaning of the Psalm, & to seek out what Psalm 46:10 is calling us khổng lồ do.

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Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear,though the earth give way và the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,though its waters roar và foamand the mountains quake with their surging.

 There is a river whose streams make glad the thành phố 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 & see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth.

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

He says, “Be still, và 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.

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 “I want to tóm tắt something that God has been teaching me in these very difficult pandemic times. If you look at the 11 verses of Psalm 46, the first 9 verses are actually speaking to the readers in the third person, but suddenly verse 10 alone is written in the first person. It is spoken by God và written as a personal expression khổng lồ His people.


Silas Balraj, the regional Vice President of the Asia region, in Indonesia

“In the midst of a war, a situation of crisis, Psalm 46 verse 10 suddenly turns và God starts speaking & says, ‘Hey You!’, ‘Be still và know that I am God. The English language actually does not translate this very well, so I chose lớn read Psalm 46:10 in Hebrew and found out that the word ‘Be still’, ‘raw-faw, would be translated in English into ‘slacken’.

“The meaning of the scripture Psalm 46:10 is this: it’s is a picture of loosening or slackening our grip on our circumstances & the outcome of our circumstances. It calls us to trust God who is sovereign. In other words, here we are holding onto our lives & holding on to our everyday circumstances and we are holding on so tightly because the world is going so fast. And then God looks at you và me & says – ‘Hey slacken up! Loosen up or Let go of your grip !’

“Instead of including the words ‘Be still’ as a gentle suggestion, the psalmist is actually telling us khổng lồ stop striving, to stop, và to specifically in this context, stop fighting & to surrender khổng lồ the all Sovereign God.

Psalm 46:10: ‘Be still and know that I am God’

“Then Psalm 46:10 calls us khổng lồ “know that I am God”. This is so very beautiful here. It actually means getting acquainted with và acknowledging somebody. This is not about knowing about God, which all of us are good at. This is about knowing Him personally. When you loosen up and you surrender you begin to know who you"re surrendering to and why. You"re there with the person whom you’ve given your life to, so you begin khổng lồ know that person.


“It’s lượt thích in Philippians 3:10 when Paul says, ‘I may know Him và the power nguồn of His resurrection, và the fellowship of the suffering, being confirmed to Him in his death.’

“Paul is writing from prison, after nearly 30 years of working with & walking with the Lord Jesus. He writes a blessing to the church, the modern-day New Testament church, and is saying, to paraphrase, ‘I want lớn know you not through my head knowledge. I want khổng lồ know you through suffering và I don"t want it the easy way Lord, I want to lớn know it the hard way.’ He begins to lớn realise that ‘Lord I don"t just want to know you the way in which the world knows you, I want khổng lồ know you through the power of your resurrection’.

“Many of us today maybe, are trying to know God with our intellect & God says to us, ‘No, I want you to lớn know me at a personal level’. When we know God with our heart, we know that He is sovereign, we get khổng lồ see his glory, we get to lớn know His Majesty, we get khổng lồ feel His power, & this leads us to be in awe of Him.

“That’s the reason why God says ‘When you are still & when you know me I will be exalted in the nations: I will be exalted in the earth’ in Psalm 46:10. 

What is Psalm 46:10 calling us to lớn do?

“I wonder today whether you và I are fighting this pandemic? Are we fighting this pandemic with fear, with our knowledge, with what the media tells us, with what our neighbours tell us, with what our church groups tell us & our colleagues at work tell us? Or have we surrendered to lớn God?

“I’m the first one lớn say that surrendering goes against my basic instinct. Many of us are fixers. If something happens to lớn us that is not in our minds, our thinking and our intellect, we want khổng lồ fix it. I don’t know about you, but I love to lớn control things.

“But if we look khổng lồ Psalm 46:10, and let God speak khổng lồ us, should we be concluding that God is saying,

‘step back, mở cửa your eyes and acknowledge who I am and let me be God’. Don"t try to bởi my job for me. Be patient, be still & let me bởi my work.

Testimonies of trusting God during the pandemic

 “Even during these challenging times, I have seen God’s hand of provision amongst the children we work with in Asia. Our church partners have distributed over 1.3 million emergency food packs. They have also been able lớn give hygiene kits to more than 478,000 people & provide much needed medical and health tư vấn to nearly 32,000 people.

“As this story from our team in the Philippines shows, people have come alongside children living in extreme vulnerability, they’ve taken a step lớn sponsor a child và provide them with critical tư vấn during this pandemic, & long term stability for the future.”

Discover more about sponsoring a child

“Please keep the Asia region in your prayers. Pray for the Church that she will be strong. Pray for our staff as they fulfil their responsibilities. Pray they won"t get tired of doing good. Và pray for the children in Asia, many who are part of families who have lost even the little they had.”


Silas Balraj is Compassion’s Vice President of the Asia Region. He has been part of the Compassion family, serving children in poverty, for 17 years. Silas and his wife Gracia are blessed with three daughters.


If you"ve enjoyed this reflection on Psalm 46, you may also be interested in:

• A Psalm about comfort: a reflection on Psalm 23• More verses khổng lồ help you "be still & know": Bible verses about peace

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