5 Things You Can Do In Your Time of Stillness
The 46th Psalm is one of my favorite Psalms. To me, it speaks to the direct and sovereign power of the Almighty over His entire creation. Psalm 46 comforts me and assures me that God is both my Protector and a safe place in a life filled with what often seems like constant daily enemy attacks.
In verse 10, the Lord is outright commanding us to do two things, 1. be still and 2. know that He is God. Superficially, it looks like God is saying for us to move out of His way, He's got this. Well technically, that is what He's saying but if you dig just a little deeper, go just a little further, you'll see that there is quite more to what we are being told to do than meets the eye. The omnipotence of God is enough alone to warrant victory in every battle we face. God simply saying to us "be still and know" are two major tasks that we should not take lightly. It's Him saying "I will not leave you nor will I forsake you." It's Him saying my hands are more capable than yours. Our being still and knowing are part of our powerful and effective weapons arsenal of warfare.
During the times when your life is on the verge of falling apart, listen for the voice of God telling you to be still and know who He is. I know the first time I heard the Holy Spirit say it to me I honestly stopped listening after 'be still', it's a miracle that I barely heard the 'and know that I am God' part! Once I got a chance to let that Word marinate, the Holy Spirit brought me to the realization that God is aware of the trials, setbacks, tribulations and battles I face and that He has a plan to work all things out for my good. Part of that plan includes me doing what on the surface seems to be passive and hands off but in all actuality, these two tasks require very active and hands on acts of surrender, submission, discipline, commitment and faith.
Now that we understand the essence of what God is saying, here are five things we can and should do that will keep us in obedience to God's command and out of God's way.
1. Pray - Psalm 102:17, James 5:13, 1 John 5:14-16
2. Worship - Psalm 29, Romans 12:2, Hebrews 12:28-29
3. Rest - Mark 6:31-32, Isaiah 26:3, Phillipians 4:6-7
4. Testify - Mark 5:19, Psalm 107:1-2, Psalm 71:15-16
5. Rejoice - 1 Samuel 2:1, Psalm 118:24, Phillipians 4:4-7
In closing, in your times of trouble if you can focus on prayer, worship, resting in God, giving your testimony and rejoicing you can be successful in your tasks of stillness and knowing who God is.