Our Relationship with God: Day Three

JANUARY 6TH, 2021      |      In The Message version, Psalm 46:10 sounds like this, “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at Me, your High God, above politics, above everything.” “Be still and know that I am God.” (NIV); “Cease striving and know that I am God.” (NASB); “Stop fighting, and know that I am God.” (CSB). This call to be still – to cease striving, stop fighting and step out of the traffic – comes against the backdrop of a year filled with chaos and noise; pandemic, racial tensions, hurricanes, earthquakes and fires. Whether the chaos is environmental, political, emotional, physical or spiritual, the psalmist tells us there is a river that flows from the throne of God. It is a river of refreshing, of physical and spiritual blessing, a river whose streams bring gladness. The gladness we can have in these most difficult of days, the peace that flows like a river, is the nearness of the presence of God. According to the psalmist, He is our defense, our strength, “a very present help in trouble.” How do we experience this? Our response is to be still and know. To quiet our lives and our souls long enough to sit alone with the Father and listen to the beat of His heart and the sound of His voice. The word “know” in this verse implies an intimacy of knowing and being known. It is a knowing that is experiential. What are the obstacles that get in the way of you being still? Take a moment right now to take a long, loving look at Him, to be still and know.

Our Relationship with God: Day Three

Psalm 46:1-5, 10

Psalm 46:1-5, 10

In The Message version, Psalm 46:10 sounds like this, “Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at Me, your High God, above politics, above everything.” “Be still and know that I am God.” (NIV); “Cease striving and know that I am God.” (NASB); “Stop fighting, and know that I am God.” (CSB).

This call to be still – to cease striving, stop fighting and step out of the traffic – comes against the backdrop of a year filled with chaos and noise; pandemic, racial tensions, hurricanes, earthquakes and fires. Whether the chaos is environmental, political, emotional, physical or spiritual, the psalmist tells us there is a river that flows from the throne of God.

It is a river of refreshing, of physical and spiritual blessing, a river whose streams bring gladness. The gladness we can have in these most difficult of days, the peace that flows like a river, is the nearness of the presence of God. According to the psalmist, He is our defense, our strength, “a very present help in trouble.”

How do we experience this? Our response is to be still and know. To quiet our lives and our souls long enough to sit alone with the Father and listen to the beat of His heart and the sound of His voice.

The word “know” in this verse implies an intimacy of knowing and being known. It is a knowing that is experiential. What are the obstacles that get in the way of you being still? Take a moment right now to take a long, loving look at Him, to be still and know.

Responding to the Word

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you from God’s Word?  

How can you apply this to your life?

Prayer

Teach me, Father to rest in You today. Teach me what it looks like to be still and know that You are God. Today I need to rest from . . .

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