"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."
- Psalm 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God. What does this mean? How can I apply this to my life? Will this change my physiology?
This phrase originates from the Hebrew, raphah. The verb may mean to relax, to cease, to let go, to abandon, to become feeble, to forsake, and even to leave.
Last Thursday, my daughter and her boyfriend wanted to spend some time with me. We decided to take a hike. I live in Eastern Tennessee and we are blessed with many beautiful trails and vistas. We decided to hike on Lookout Mountain to a place called Sunset Rock.
We walked about an hour through the forest. I purposely was trying to “Be Still”. I was relaxing and letting go of the world I lived in. I wanted to try to apply this text purposefully to my Thursday afternoon. When we arrived at the pinnacle, I took the time to become quiet and listen. I saw the beautiful scenery, the lizard that ran at my feet, the squirrel jumping from limb to limb. I breathed slowly and deliberately. I inhaled the aromas of the day. I felt the light wind on my skin. I noticed the beams of light reflecting through the trees. I ate a Honeysuckle.
Most importantly, I asked Jesus to teach me how to be still and know God. I wanted to forsake the world and just have my brain go to a better place, a place of renewal, and a place of peace.
When I took this time to deliberately be still, my body changed. I felt differently. This month I want to encourage each one of us to be still. Find the quiet moments to acknowledge God. Create the time and venue that works for you. You will have a physiologic change.
We live in a world that is just “too busy.” We are constantly on the go. We feel guilty when we are not busy all the time.
This June remember and live our Biblical prescription, be still and know that I am God.
James L. Marcum, M.D. FACC
Author, Biblical Prescriptions for Life