Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
How easy is it for you to “Be still, and know that I am God?” It is one of the hardest things that I try to do. For most of us, one of two things happens when we try to be still and focus on God. Either our mind wanders and we are constantly having to call ourselves back into focus, or (and this happens to me sometimes) we fall asleep.
In “The Deeper Christian Life,” Andrew Murray tells us that because we need fresh manna each day, and that we only obtain it by directly waiting upon God Himself, that we must let our first act in our devotion “be a setting yourself still before God. In prayer, or worship, everything depends on God taking the chief place.”
In my life, I have been guilty of thinking that I am the one to take the chief place in my prayers, coming into God’s presence very unprepared and very arrogantly. We should realize that we are in the presence of our Creator God, and that He should be treated as such. This week, we have seen Pope Francis a great deal on the news. If we had the chance to enter into Pope Francis’s presence, how would we approach it? We should come into God’s presence with even more reverence. We should truly know that He is God.
I don’t know how you approach entering the presence of God, but I challenge you to think about it. Are you flippant? Are you demanding? Or are you humble, realizing that you are speaking and spending time with your Creator God?
“I must bow quietly before Him, in humble faith and adoration, speaking thus within my heart: “God is. God is near. God is love, longing to communicate Himself to me. God the Almighty One, who worketh all in all, is even now waiting to work in me, and make Himself known. “Take time, till you know that God is very near.” (The Deeper Christian Life).
What an incredible thought! God the Almighty One wants to make Himself known to you! Take time.
Pray: “Holy Lord, help us to be still and know that you are God.”