(October 31, 2014)
The language “Be still, and know that I am God” is interesting because of where it is placed. The rest of this Psalm is a praise to the strength of the Lord – the waters are troubled but He brings them peace, the heathens rage but His kingdom is not moved. It is about the capacity of the Lord to be at peace – that nothing can conquer His peace.
Then, the speaker changes from the psalmist to God – with no editorial comment or indication. We are just given the words of the Lord. I can only assume the Lord is being quoted by the psalmist as convincing proof of what he has described, and also a charge to his listener – as the Lord is not moved by the heathen and the chaos, neither should we be moved.