Today From Psalms

Be Still

The words of men, great and not so great, have been written and preserved for the generations to come. Many of these statements find their way into the speeches of other men, seeking to make a point or connect with their audiences.

Some of the statements from the previous century that we still here are: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” (Franklin D. Roosevelt) “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” (John F. Kennedy) “I have a dream.” (Martin Luther King) These are thought provoking and challenging.

The Bible in general and Psalm in particular is filled with statements inspired by God which are profoundly thought provoking, challenging and comforting.

Psalm 46:10 has long presented to me a challenge and a promise. “Be still, and know that I am God.”

“Be still!” What a challenge in this fast-paced society. Most people in the modern world of highly developed nations, “hit the floor running” in the morning and “fall into bed” at the end of the day. Where has life allowed us time to “be still and know… God?”

Personally, I think this is one of the “wiles of the devil” who seeks to keep us focused only on the temporal and not the eternal.

Be still, and know that I am God.” The promise is; if we will be still, we will know God. We cannot complain of not knowing God if we are unwilling to “be still.”

Another part of this is when a crisis enters our life. Instead of slowing down to know God we increase our activity to solve the predicament.

Notice the praise of verse 11. “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”

Somehow, we need to engrave this on our mind so that we see it and hear it all day, every day.

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