Psalm 46:10 - Being Still to Know God.
Psalm 46:10 (KJV) Be still, and know that I
Psalm 46:10 (NLT) Be silent, and know that I
Christ Speaks in Quietness. Everyone needs
to have a personal experience in obtaining a
knowledge of the will of God. 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. DA 363
An intensity such as never before was
seen is taking possession of the world. In
amusement, in moneymaking, in the contest for power, in
the very struggle for existence, there is a
terrible force that engrosses body and mind and soul.
In the midst of this maddening rush, God is
speaking. He bids us come apart and commune with Him.
"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10.
Many, even in their seasons of devotion,
fail of receiving the blessing of real communion
with God. They are in too great haste. With
hurried steps they press through the circle of
Christ's loving presence, pausing perhaps a moment
within the sacred precincts, but not waiting for
counsel. They have no time to remain with the divine
Teacher. With their burdens they return to their
These workers can never attain the
highest success until they learn the secret of
strength. They must give themselves time to think, to
pray, to wait upon God for a renewal of physical,
mental, and spiritual power. They need the uplifting
influence of His Spirit. Receiving this, they will be
quickened by fresh life. The wearied frame and tired
brain will be refreshed, the burdened heart will
be lightened... Not a pause for a moment in His
presence, but personal contact with Christ, to sit
down in companionship with Him - this is our
A Waste of Life
I wonder when we stand before God if He
will ask us about what we did with our time.
People waste so much time every day. And they waste
a lot of it on their cell phones.
Kids spend eight to twelve hours each day
on a cell phone, teenagers spend about nine
hours a day, and adults spend around four and a
half hours per day. Its a big waste of life in
many ways. I think we need to make a conscious
effort to put down our devices and spend time with
each other, talking to each other and listening
to each other.
Most importantly, we need to spend time
with the Lord.
Interestingly, when someone asked Billy
Graham if he had any regrets in life, he said yes.
He wished he had spent more time praying, more
time studying the Bible, and less time traveling
and taking speaking engagements. He also said
that he wished he had spent more time telling the
Lord how much he loved Him.
The Bible says, Be still, and know
that I am God; I will be exalted among the
nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalm
One day we will be held accountable for
what we did with our time and perhaps even for
the opportunities we missed.
When we stand before the Judgment Seat of
Christ, He will want to know what we did with our
opportunities. Did we leverage them? Did we use the
influence God gave us and reach out to people we know
with the gospel? How did we use our resources?
How did we spend our money?
These things all will be reviewed at the
Judgment Seat of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 5:10). But
this judgment wont be about success as we like
to define success. Rather, it will be about our
faithfulness to the Lord. [Greg Laurie from Harvest
As I write this, the thermometer
registers in the nineties. The air is still and heavy.
The dog is panting at my feet, the sun is high,
and the birds are silent and still. Within a
matter of hours night will fall, the dark sky will
be ablaze with moon and stars, and sleep will
force itself on me. As I slumber, life will
continue uninterrupted. Appreciated or not, the
canvas of nature will go on being painted by the
finger of God.
Somewhere, many miles removed from where
I live, crops are pushing their way toward
harvest. In another direction, waves roar and tumble
onto shore and sand with a rhythm so enchanting
none can keep from staring. Windswept forests
across the mountains will sing their timeless songs
as timber and foliage blend their voices in the
inimitable harmony of the hills. And desert animals
will scurry in the shadows of cactus and rock,
maintaining their tiny existence free of concern.
There's something about meditating on creation that
reminds us of the goodness and faithfulness of God.
Do you need the reminder as much as I
today? Consider this ancient truth:
Come see the glorious works of the LORD:
See how he brings destruction upon the world. He
causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks
the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the
shields with fire.
"Be still, and know that I am God! I
will be honored by every nation. I
will be honored throughout the world."
The LORD of Heaven's Armies is here
among us; the God of Israel is our
fortress. Psalm 46:8"11
The longing of one's heart for deep peace
is somehow recaptured when we meditate on the
greatness of God.
Need a respite from your care? Struggling
to calm the nerves of your anxious soul? Go out
tonight under the dark night and gaze at the
heavens. Or take a long drive into the country in the
coolness of evening. Don't speak. Just peer into the
night sky as you take in the beauty and think of
the wonder of creation. When you do, you will
discover what it means to be still and know that He
is God. [Chuck Swindoll www.insight.org.]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY
Psalm 46:10 - Being Still to Know God.
If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in
hearing from you. Thanks in advance and let's keep
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred