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Be Still – And Know That God Is Present

Psalm 46:10

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

112015 Ray McDonaldHow’s your Prayer/Fast going? If you began on the first day of the Revival (2/7) – you’d be on day 17 of a 49 day Prayer/Fast. Any stories to share?

I remember – seems like a lifetime ago – we use to sing Be Still My Soul in worship – often. It was a favorite hymn it seemed.

Lyrics go like this – 1. Be still, my soul: The Lord is on your side; Bear patiently the cross cross of grief or pain. Leave to your God to order and provide; In every change God faithful will remain. Be still, my soul: your best, your heavenly friend Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end. 2. Be still, my soul; your God will undertake To guide the future as he has the past. Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake; All now mysterious shall be bright at last. Be still, my soul; the waves and wind still know His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below. 3. Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on When we shall be forever with the Lord, When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone, Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored. Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past, All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

It is an old hymn – written by Katharina von Schlegel – 1752 and transposed by Jane Borthwick – 1855. It is in our hymnals and we still sing it from time to time.

Today’s passage presents this idea of being still to us – being in the presence of God. Be still, and know that I am God. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Psalm 46:7–11 – The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 8 Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 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.” 11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

In our current sermon series – we are looking at the Elements of Worship. The first week we talked about the fact that Worship is for God. Last Sunday – we talked about the Holy Spirit – and our need to have His breath on us and in us. Being in the presence of God is essential in order to worship in spirit and in truth.

The Psalmist writes – The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. God says – “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Are we taking time during our Prayer/Fast to sit and soak in the presence of God? Are we spending time simply listening to the voice of God? Are we seeking His face and desiring His grace? Make sure – while we pray and fast – that we spend time being still and knowing that we are in God’s presence.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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February 23, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology, Worship | , , , , , , , ,

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