Interpreting Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God

This quote from the 46th Psalm crosses my mind from time to time, and I like to ponder its meaning.

On the surface, it seems to mean to remain calm, be at peace, in a meditative state, and just trust God.

But the more I dig in to different religious and spiritual ideas and study them, I ponder if the meaning of this is towards oneself, as in realizing how we are created in the image of God.

These two pieces of scripture add to this concept that crosses my mind:

John 10:34: Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?


Psalm 82:6: I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

These make me wonder if this is an inward knowing, essentially saying to oneself ‘I am God’.

The more I ponder that, and study scripture etc., the more I lean towards that meaning of it, which I think would really change the meaning of it for many people, although at the same time, that is almost considered a radical concept in the mainstream, so maybe others do perceive that as the meaning, but also have the wisdom to keep it to themselves.

Then I wonder about the Be Still part. I have been wrestling with some anxieties in my life lately, and have been thinking about this, and wondering if it means to literally be still. in my case, it could mean stop taking certain actions out of fear and anxiety, trying to fix your situation.

You could also interpret as ‘stillness of mind’, or peace of mind.

Anyways, I am glad we started this website, since I know this crosses my mind from time to time, and it will be nice to have this post here so I can look back on it.

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