Keep calm and know I am your God, very near to you, your secure & safe place, I am sovereign and omnipotent & in my wisdom I have joined together my passionate commitment to my name & my glory to your well being and protection! So be still and know that I am God.
What are the foundations of peace, what enables us to be still in the midst of threatening circumstances, from this Psalm?
– Covenant relationship (God is our refuge & strength, God has joined Himself to us vs1, God has named Himself according to the resolution ship He established with us ‘the God of Jacob’ vs11)
– Proximity (God is ‘a very present help in trouble’ vs1, God is with us, like a river within the city walls ‘in the midst’ vs5, ‘the Lord of hosts is with us’ vs7&vs11)
– Power and authority (God speaks and nations are directed/silenced vs6, God is in authority over all that happens on the earth vs8-9)
– Certainty – God will work for the exaltation of His name vs10 and God will be exalted! The Psalmist weaves together our need (for protection, safety and peace of mind) and God’s primary purpose (His glory). Nothing is more certain than that God will work towards His own glory and that He will be exalted. The good news for us is that God has tied His name and His glory to us His people. What that means for us is that the solid rock undergirding why we know God will act on our behalf will act for our good is that what happens to us is tied to the fame of His name because we are His people… And so we can be absolutely certain that our God will be with us, fighting for us, will be our refuge and strength because He is committed to glorifying His name through us!