“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Ps 46:10).
From a biblical point of view, to meditate is to prayerfully contemplate God’s word with a view to hear His voice. Today’s text provides a very helpful twofold strategy. First, we must be still. We have to intentionally instruct our souls to be quiet when all sorts of troubles assail our minds (v1). When our sense of earthly security, confidence and trust are eroded, we must tell our hearts to be still (vv1-2). Secondly, we must know that Yahweh is God. It’s not enough to tell ourselves to calm down. After breathing in ten times and calming down, then what? What’s the point of being calm when there’s no solution in sight? That’s where focusing on God’s faithfulness, security and support becomes relevant.
We must meditate on the fact that He is our refuge and strength as well as a very present help in trouble (v1). Ponder on His being the Ultimate Military Chief (LORD of Hosts) and our impregnable fortress (v11). When your mind is focused thus on God, your spirit is free from soul interruptions and will readily receive divine guidance.