By Brandon Lemons
“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
It’s November 4, and all of the ballots have been cast. As of the writing of this article, the outcome of the election is still uncertain. The future ramifications are even less certain. However, there is one thing that is absolutely certain: God is still King.
God is still King. This is a truth we can cling to in an ever-changing world. Yes, this election will shape the future of our nation. America is in a perilous season, which has contributed to the contentious and concerning nature of this election. But God is still King.
Psalm 46 paints pictures of God as the source of confidence amid turmoil. The first image is of nature roaring, foaming, and faltering; yet “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…” (46:1-3). The second image is of nations raging and kingdoms tottering; yet “the Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (46:6-7).
Through most of the psalm, God is spoken of from the third-person perspective. It’s as if people are reminding themselves about the truths of God. Then suddenly in verse 10, God Himself breaks into the scene and declares, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
If you are feeling anxious, fearful, or angry today (or even if you aren’t), it would be good to follow the command of God in Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God.” “Being still” and “knowing” are acts of surrender. We can stop striving and simply trust, because God will be exalted in our world. An election will shape the direction of our nation, but it can’t undermine the supremacy and glory of God. God is still King.
*In addition to Psalm 46, additional psalms to meditate on today are Psalms 42, 121, and 145.