On Being Still

 

Gray Pearson

Pastor, First Baptist Church of Port Allen

“Psalm 46:10 (NIV) “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

In the fast-paced, breakneck speed of today’s society, these words may seem to fall on deaf ears. I know that, at times, my calendar is anything but still. In fact, over the holidays, two of our kids got married, two weeks apart! Talk about hectic! But, through all of this, I held on to the truth that God was in charge, and that I could trust Him!

Psalm 46 is a great psalm to remember in hectic times. Verse 10 is probably the most easily recognized verse in this psalm. We live in a fast-paced world that flies by and only seems to get faster and faster! The truth in verse 10 resonates with a strong call to be still before God, spending time in His Word, listening to His voice, and knowing that, as God, He will be exalted. What is even more exciting is that He wants us to be still with Him! However, there is another word that I want to bring our attention to today. If you open your Bible to this Psalm, you may find the word Selah in the right margin following verses 3, 7, and 11. The exact meaning of this word is not known, but many biblical scholars feel that it may mean to stop and consider what was just read, letting the truth of what was just read sink in so that we can get a grasp on it.

I want to encourage you, in your walk with God, to be sure that you do these two things. First, that you are still before the Lord, and that you let Him be exalted in your life, in your walk and your talk, the way you live your life. And second, that you stop and consider how the Word of God applies to your life, and the decisions you make and the paths you take.

The journey through life is fast, but it is much better when the Lord is there with you. Hope to see you in church this Sunday!

 

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