“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. Selah.