Thursday, March 9, 2017


This journal entry will get loud; be prepared.

Reading Psalm 46 this morning I suddenly realized that a favorite verse (10) which calms many believers in times of stress, is not actually a very gentle verse.

We love the seeming gentleness of “Be still and know that I am God.” But I have always wondered why this gentle reminder is in this slightly turbulent Psalm. Why does the subject turn from talking about God's ability to control in a harsh and Godly manner, and suddenly become a gentle “prompting” to us to trust Him. Well. It apparently doesn't.

Not all versions use these words. Several use the Word, “CEASE! or DESIST!” And some notes indicate that the phrase “Be still...” could be translated: ENOUGH! And that would indicate that the words are actually directed to those causing the CHAOS in the world of sin. ENOUGH will be spoken and the sin and sinfulness will STOP! It will happen in God's time, but it WILL happen.

ENOUGH with the wars!
ENOUGH with the murders and other crime!
ENOUGH with the chaotic uprisings and hate mongering!
ENOUGH with brutality and stubbornness against God and His people.
ENOUGH with the lack of commonsense replaced by stupidity and cruelty.
ENOUGH of not listening to God Almighty!

CJB - “DESIST and learn that I am God,
supreme over the nations,
supreme over the earth.” (caps mine)

NAS - CEASE striving and know that I am God; (caps mine)

BE STILL and know that I am God.” (caps mine)


This is a reminder that God will not be eternally rejected. He will not let sin go on forever. He will put an end to it. Anyone not covered by the blood of Christ will be REJECTED by Him and will come to a very bad ending. He will conquer; and He will be the last word on the subject! Hallelu Yah! Amen.

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has wrought desolations in the earth.

9 He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
burns the chariots with fire.

10 “Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah. NAS