“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). After “Be still” we find “and know”.
There are different ways of knowing. If someone says “Did you know it’s hot in Scotland?” you might say “I know, I saw it on the TV.” You know about it in your head.
You might say “I know, I was in Scotland yesterday.” This is a different kind of knowing: it was your own real-life experience. You felt the heat for yourself.
God’s desire is that we don’t just know in our heads that He is God, but to experience it in our lives, in all the storms and panic and problems, to know.
“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Look at the start of this phrase: “Be still.”
This is a command. God does not want us to vaguely consider being still, but tells us we must!
The word for “still” means to stop moving, rest, relax, be quiet, let go. In all the storms and panic and problems of our lives, God tells us to stop, relax, let go.
When we were thinking about the Lordship of Christ, we thought about relaxing into the Lordship of Christ. Stop trying to work it all out, but stop, relax, be quiet, be still.
Our theme is from Psalm 46: “Be still, and know that I am God.” The whole Psalm speaks of God’s constant presence with us and help for us, even in the worst crisis.
Our text is part of verse 10: “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” Whatever is planned or brought about by the violence or failure of humans, whatever natural disaster occurs, God will be exalted, shown to be the mighty one above all.
No matter how big the disaster in your life, God is bigger!
He is a good good Father. It’s who He is. And we are loved by Him , and it defines our very identities. An encounter with the Love of the Father is the only thing that ultimately changes everything. A true encounter with the reckless love of a Father to a prodigal son or daughter; the sacrificial love of a Father who would give up his one and only son to redeem his beloved; the just love of a Father who holds the whole world in his hands; will transform our hearts and minds forever. Again and again His sweet voice calls out for His children, as He eagerly awaits their return.
It’s rare nowadays, to find fathers who are consistent in their display of love for their children. We see so many times through films, television and social media, the portrayal of the father as irresponsible, selfish and carefree. It seems that mother knows best, and father, well, is at most in the background when it comes to raising his children. Our society has embraced and accepted this as the expectation of the modern dad. But God our heavenly Father gives us the perfect model for fatherhood. It is summed up in these words:
Jeremiah 31 v3 – “I have loved you with an everlasting love and I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
The parable we call “The Prodigal Son” could equally be called “A Father’s love”. The father always wanted the best for his son, and no doubt grieved for his waywardness. However to raise sons and daughters to be fully grown-up humans, they must make their own choices. But when the son returns, he is forgiven, accepted and received back, without reserve or limitation. Similarly as and when we repent and return to Father God, he gives us all the benefits of a child of God. (John 1 12)
Looking back over the last few weeks, some things are really worth noting: sunshine and more sunshine; BBQ’s, picnics and days/weekends out; British Paralympics medal successes; sporting history for the England cricket team: and last but not least, the commencement of TV hits like Bake Off and X factor and the list goes on. These events and activities contribute to our rich tapestry of living and helps us to enjoy our natural life. I wonder then, what we can say about our spiritual lives over these past few weeks. What’s been going on? What events and activities have enriched this unending tapestry that’s been woven for eternity? Take a minute to think on this. Not much happening eh? Well, why don’t you make a fresh start this week and ask the Holy Spirit to work in your life so that you will be able to announce, "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Rom 14:17).