Earlier this week, the “verse of the day” on Youversion was Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God:”
It is one of the more well-known Psalms; in fact, if you were to say, “Be still AND…” –many people could finish the phrase, “…Know that I am God.” Yet, very few know, or are even aware of this beloved Bible verse being contextually “incomplete.” Notice the punctuation mark.
It’s a colon. Not a period.
What’s a period’s usage? To announce the end or completion of something.
Psalm 46:10 does not use a period because the verse isn’t finished. It’s not the end. It’s not complete.
After the colon, the verse continues on and God declares, “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in all the earth.”
What’s a colon’s usage ?? To prove, explain, define, or describe the elements of what preceded it. Because this complete sentence, “be still and know that I am God,” precedes a colon, we can gather that the explanation of why we must know Him as God is to “exalt Him among the nations.“
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in all the earth.” – Psalm 46:10
Knowing God and making Him known will always be interwoven. It is the mandate (and joy) of every believer. Simply put, it’s The Great Commission. (Go. Make disciples. All nations. Baptize. Teach.)
John Piper puts it this way, “Evangelism means depicting the beauty of Christ and His saving work with a heartfelt urgency of love that labors to help people find their satisfaction in Him.”
So, why does punctuation save lives?
1.) Punctuation matters here because if we had missed the colon, then we would have missed the point–beholding God’s glory, rejoicing in it, and bringing others into the same joy that we found in Him. I feel that God’s instruction in Psalm 46:10 is less about our own “peace of mind” and comfort, and more about exalting Him in all the earth.
1.) Punctuation matters because the saving, sanctifying, authoritative Word of God came to us in the form of a book–filled with fixed letters, words, sentences and yes, punctuation. The Bible is God-breathed, inspired revelation. With that said, we must also believe that every word He chose was on purpose, and that even the punctuation has a deeper meaning.
As I am hours away from departing to England, my prayer is that we, as the Body of Christ, do not neglect our responsibility to The Great Commission. As The Church draws nearer to Christ in unity, feeling His heartbeat for lost and dying souls, we realize that we are all serving one King and one kingdom. Be encouraged today as we seek to obey His will together.