He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psa. 46:10 NIV
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The writing of Psalm forty-six was ascribed to the director of music of the sons of Korah whose father Izhar, was the son of Kohath, who himself was the son of Levi – Num. 3:17-19. Although the traditional roles of the Kohathites as defined Moses, following the instructions from the Almighty God was to take care of the Ark of the Lord and all that was associated with it (Num. 3:31), King David during his reign had gone further to appoint a representative from each of the major branches of Levi (Gershon, Kohath and Merari) as temple musicians and the representative of the Kohathites was Heman whose lineage was traced to Korah – 1Chr. 6:33-38. It could therefore be safely concluded that the psalm was written under his watch.
The psalm in reference, which no doubt acknowledges the greatness of the Lord emphasises what the Lord means to the Israelites, especially in their battles with the intention to encourage them to remain still in the face of all battles so as to witness His successful intervention. The opening three verses of the psalm asserts that because the Almighty God is their refuge, strength and a very present help in trouble times, they fear nothing, no matter how powerful and fearful such a threat may be – Psa. 46:1-3. Wow! What a statement that reveals the extent of the confidence they have built in the Almighty God. Revealed in that psalm is the existence of a huge reservoir, out of which flows a stream of support and strength that makes God’s people very happy because it is their assurance of victory over every act of the enemy. The fact that the Almighty God chooses to reside in the midst of people who are classed as His people ensures that there is available help at the commencement of every potentially unbearable situation, even before the situation begins to unfold for men to see, so they are never perturbed by the threats posed by them irrespective of the potency of their strength, either physical or spiritual. A single pronouncement or action of the Lord disperses all of them – Psa. 46:4-6.
Using the testimony of their recent victory which he shares with all (Psa. 46:8-9), he advises in today’s foundation scripture to remain still and not panic in times of trouble as they will definitely witness the greatness of the Lord.
There is no doubt that this testimony of the children of Korah about the Lord is true as the advise to remain still in the face of life challenges, by God’s people, whilst awaiting the intervention of the Lord is not a new one. Moses had advised the Israelites in the same manner when they found themselves between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea (Exo. 14:13), just as King Jehoshaphat and the Israelites were similarly advised when three kings ganged up against them – 2Chr. 20:15-17. In both situations, they did remain still and the Almighty God gave them victory.
Unfortunately, as available as this huge Grace may be, not all are or will be able to access it. This is because hidden in this psalm are conditions that must be met by whoever intends to access such. These are as listed;
- Such must make the Almighty God his/her refuge. A refuge is a place of shelter or protection from approaching danger. One who sees the Almighty God as his/her refuge will run to him only and no one else when danger is sensed, if he/she intends to benefit from His ability to protect. It is not sufficient to proclaim Him as refuge, but such must actually run to Him when trouble comes. This option must be a sincere and total one with no consideration for any alternatives, human or spiritual.
- Such must have the Almighty God as his/her strength – Psa. 27:1. Strength in this instance will be the ability to achieve success in the face of life’s challenges, physical or spiritual. Each person will easily overcome every challenge that is within his/her ability, but failure will be the only result once the challenge is bigger than the possessed ability. Jehovah is called the Almighty because He only possesses the all surpassing strength and anyone who intends to win in all situations and at all times must possess His strength. Acquisition of strength of the Lord will ensure victory in all situations and at all times as His, remains the ultimate strength. That is why He is the omnipotent god.
- Such must see the Almighty as the only help in times of trouble. Having considered the Almighty God as refuge and strength, the one who intends to remain still, achieve victory in times of trouble and fear no evil must not consider any other option when trouble comes. Such must have total faith in the Almighty God and total trust in His ability and willingness to intervene in the situation, on his/her behalf, to ensure victory no matter how long it may take. The one who has accepted the Almighty God as his/her refuge and strength should really fear nothing because there can be no more reliable assurance of victory and success than this.
This kind of testimony that the children of Korah gave in this psalm should not be limited to the Israelites or their time alone as the grace that facilitates such remains available to all people in all seasons and that should be your own testimony too in all situations. It is not enough to read it like a poem as all that will do is to let you know what the Almighty God is capable of, but your personal experience of remaining still and fearing no evil will be dependent only on your decision to make Him your refuge and strength. That is when in the face of your challenges in life, you too will be able access this great reservoir of support and strength which will flow into your life and situation and consequently give similar testimonies of the greatness of His intervention. May God position you for such testimonies in Jesus name. Amen.