Psalm 46:10 - Communion with God - part 5 - Comfort in Distress.
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]
In the hour of distress, you cannot hear the answer to your
prayers. How often has the answer seemed to come much later! The heart
heard no reply during the moment of its crying, its thunder, its
earthquake, and its fire. But once the crying stopped, once the stillness
came, once your hand refrained from knocking on the iron gate, and
once concern for other lives broke through the tragedy of your own
life, the long awaited reply appeared. You must rest, O soul, to
receive your heart's desire. Slow the beating of your heart over
concerns for your personal care. Place the storm of your individual
troubles on God's altar of everyday trials, and the same night, the Lord
will appear to you. His rainbow will extend across the subsiding
flood, and in your stillness you will hear the everlasting music.
George Matheson [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]