“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among
the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
If we look at the scripture above,
the first two words say it all. BE STILL. The only way to know that God
is God, is to BE STILL. We must be still first. In our culture we are so
busy and so bombarded by activity and information that this scripture is
foreign to the American mind set. It is going to be the hardest thing to
do. We live in a very hectic, ungodly, unrighteous society.
In our church services we want our worship to be
exciting, entertaining, and hold our interest. We focus on a schedule,
getting out on time, and beating the crowd to the local restaurant. But
what this scripture says is the most important part “Being Still,” and then you
will know that God is God and HE is full of wonder.
What does it take to be still? What does
it mean to be still? How do we get people to be still? What are the
things that distract us from being still? Let’s consider the things that hinder
us from being still. Our jobs and families crowd our thinking and our
time. We are involved in school activities, athletics, and entertainment. Our
family members are scattered and going in different directions. In the past our
families met for supper at the end of the day, but we are often
rushing from one place to another and putting those things before God. We start
in the morning by procrastinating or putting off our quiet time, devotional
time and prayer time and at the end of the day we are too exhausted to spend
time with God. Many are addicted to T.V., radio, cell phones, surfing the net,
texting, and Facebook or social media. These things aren't evil of
themselves, but the thing that we really need to know is the first two words in
this scripture, “BE STILL”.
…and Know that I am God.
Stop and think about knowing God:
In verse 1 of Psalms 46, God is our refuge
and, strength …
Verse 2 says, “therefore will not we
fear.” The word therefore refers us back to verse 1. As a result of God
being our refuge and a present help in time of trouble, in verse 2 he tells us
we won’t fear. The rest of verse 2 and 3 lists multiple calamities,
though the earth be removed, though the mountains be carried into the
midst of the sea, though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the
mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.”
After listing all the disasters He tells
us in verse 4 “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the
city of God.”
Vs. 5 God is in the midst of
her. She shall not be moved.
Vs. 6 The heathen rage, He uttered his
voice. The earth melted.
Vs. 7 The Lord is with us. The God of
Jacob is our refuge.
Vs. 8 Come behold the works of the LORD,
Vs. 9 He maketh wars to cease, unto the
end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he
burneth the chariot in the fire.
And then in verse 10 he tells us to “Be
still and KNOW that I am God:”
How does one know God? When we look at this it seems
simple but we must be still if we want to know God. We need to get alone
with Him, in His presence, so that He can show Himself to us and give us the
strength, the power and the glory for our life existence. In vs.7 it says
that the LORD of hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. It is
a total quieting of ourselves and knowing that the LORD of Hosts is with
us. Being still and allowing God to reveal himself to us.
We may look at all the wars and
catastrophes that are happening, but God is in control of it all. “I will
be exalted even among the heathen. I will be exalted in the earth.” The
Lord of Hosts, the God of Jacob, the God of Israel is our refuge. The Most High
God says don’t fear. While all the commotion in our life is going on God is
saying be still, be quiet.
If we set ourselves to know God we have to get in a quiet
place and be still. We can’t have the radio, television, and family all
clamoring for our attention. It has to be a total separation of what is
going on around us, because we are preparing ourselves to know him, to come and
say, “I want to be in His presence and His presence only.” It isn’t God and our
favorite activity, God and our favorite sport, or T.V. show. We are
to be consumed with the godliness and Godness of His presence. He is the
most important thing. It is God, period, not God and… He says,” Be still
and KNOW that I am God.” There is a lot in our churches that could be
discarded, so that we can be still. What we call worship isn’t
necessarily worship. We can sing, praise, worship, and pray, but are we
learning to know Him. In our pursuit of God are we chasing the beat, the
music, the band, or are we excited about the presence of God? In His
presence He makes himself known. When He searches us out, looks for us, and
says, “George,(insert your name) I want to talk to you. I want to spend
time with you.” When we set our face, our focus, to knowing him, we are seeking
His response to our life.
When I think of peace, quiet and being still, I think of a
mama holding a baby. He is nursing at the breast and he drifts off to
sleep. That speaks of the peace that passes all understanding. In
the safety of his mother’s arms it is peaceful, it is quiet, and he is still.
Then the mother looks down at the little baby and there is an expression of
contentment that reflects the gaze of the Heavenly Father for his children.