Missiology Through Scripture – 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!” – Psalm 46:10

Psalm 46 is a song of triumph. It was the motivation for the Martin Luther hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” In this verse the Sons of Korah proclaim a dual command, to be at peace and to acknowledge Yahweh is God. God should be envisioned saying these words. Knowing our sovereign God controls all should have a natural calming effect on mankind. Verse 10’s command for the nations to “be still” is a direct contrast to verse six’s proclamation the nations are raging. Only the Lord can reverse the tumultuous world with a word.

The factual and future tense statement “I will be exalted” is made twice by God. God is outside of time and his knowledge of these future outcomes is certain. Made by man, similar claims would be foolish hubris. The certain result of God’s statements should produce an unequaled peace from his disciples. Charles Spurgeon said, “Here is the command, and here is the reason which will help us to obey it. Judge not the Lord hastily; murmur not at his providential dealings with you. Be not hurrying and scurrying hither and thither, but “be still.” In silence and in confidence shall be your strength.”[1] Knowing our Father is at the helm of the universe and the result has already been set in stone provides an unrivaled calm. There is no better confidence in battle than knowing the outcome before the conflict commences.

As local churches contemplate their involvement in global evangelism it is reassuring to know our labors are certain and the outcome is victory. God “will be exalted among the nations.” The church receives boldness and a knowing calm when presented with the results before the game has even started. Our churches should send missionaries out with boldness and cocksureness about their efforts. We serve a Savior who has already proclaimed victory among the nations.

 

[1] C. H. Spurgeon, “The Vine of Israel,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, vol. 57 (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1911), 156.