Psalm 46:10 - Communion with God - part 4 - Pause for Power.
Psa 46:10 (KJV) Be still, and know that I am God: I will be
exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
We must individually hear Him speaking to the heart. When every
other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the
silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice of God. He bids us,
"Be still, and know that I am God."[2 PS. 46:10.] Here alone can
true rest be found. And this is the effectual preparation for all
labor for God. DA363
Is there any note in all the music of the world as mighty as the
grand pause? Is there any word in the Psalms more eloquent than the
word "Selah," meaning pause? Is there anything more thrilling and
awe-inspiring than the calm before the crashing of the storm, or the strange
quiet that seems to fall upon nature before some supernatural
phenomenon or disastrous upheaval? And is there anything that can touch our
hearts like the power of stillness?
For the hearts that will cease focusing on themselves, there is
"the peace of God, which transcends all understanding" (Phil.
4:7);"quietness and trust" (Isa. 30:15), which is the source of all strength; a
"great peace" that will never "make them stumble" (Ps. 119:165); and a
deep rest, which the world can never give nor take away. Deep within
the center of the soul is a chamber of peace where God lives and
where, if we will enter it and quiet all the other sounds, we can hear
His "gentle whisper" (1 Kings 19:12).
Even in the fastest wheel that is turning, if you look at the
center, where the axle is found, there is no movement at all. And even
in the busiest life, there is a place where we may dwell alone with
God in eternal stillness. [Streams in the Desert by Cowman]
What is the significance of these words: "They stood with
lowered wings"? People often ask, "How can I hear the voice of the Lord?
"This is the secret: these "living creatures" (v. 5) heard the voice
when "they stood with lowered wings."
We have all seen a bird flutter its wings while standing in
place. But in this verse, we are told that "there came a voice . . . as
they stood with lowered wings."
Do you ever sit, or even kneel, before the Lord and yet are
conscious of a fluttering in your spirit? If so, you are not exhibiting a
sense of genuine stillness while in His presence.
A dear person told me of this very thing a few days ago. "I
prayed about a certain thing," she said, "but I did not wait for the
answer to come." She did not get still enough to hear God speak but
instead went away and followed her own thinking in the matter. The
result proved disastrous, and she was forced to retrace her steps.
Oh, how much energy we waste! How much time we lose by refusing
to lower the wings of our spirit and become totally quiet before
Him! Imagine the calm, the rest, and the peace that will come as we
wait in His presence until we hear from Him!
Then, and only then, we too may speed "back and forth like
flashes of lightning" (v.14), going directly to "wherever the spirit
would go" (v. 20). [Streams in the Desert by Cowman]
"Do Not Quench the Spirit"; The voice of the Spirit of God is as
gentle as a summer breeze-so gentle that unless you are living in
complete fellowship and oneness with God, you will never hear it. [In His
Time; My Utmost For His Highest re 1Th.5:19]