God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields[d] with fire. 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
John Gill, minister of Spurgeon's Church, 100 years before him wrote on v10:
'"be still"; not that they should be like sticks and stones, stupid, indolent, and unconcerned at the commotions that were in the earth, and be wholly silent and inactive; but that they should not be fearful, nor fretful and impatient, or restless and tumultuous; but be quiet and easy, resigned to the will of God'
The gov have a hard job balancing the need for the nation to be productive and the need to protect health, our prayers are with them for the gift of wisdom. As the Church we have a prophetic role to display a calmness as our witness to our trust in a living and loving Lord. We are concerned for those around us and willing to serve but, the greatest gift we have to pass on, is our faith in a great and loving Father who is with us and will lead us through.
may this psalm lift our spirits today as as it leads us to trust our mighty God