Welcome to a wonderful Christmas week! I forget what week of the Challenge it is, but we are in the second part of our Psalms run. This week, we look at Psalms 41-72. Be ready for next week, when we look at Psalms 73-89.
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.
I do love this verse, even thought it presents a huge challenge for me. Those first two words, “Be still.” YIKES! How many of us struggle with that one on a day to day basis? It’s so easy to dash in, read our Scripture for the day, throw our praises and requests and confessions his way, then dash out again. Sometimes I sort of picture God stuttering in an effort to get a word in edgewise, then staring at us with His mouth hanging open in disbelief as we dash away. I know that is simplistic and untrue, but if you stop to think about it, He wouldn’t be wrong to do that. To be perfectly honest, I believe it makes him sad. He wants a relationship from us, not a drive-through order.
And folks, I speak without any judgment here, because I am the worst for gunning the engine and squealing tires as I race off. I really dislike myself for doing that.
We miss something huge when we fail to be still. Look at the rest of that sentence. “Be still, and know that I am God.” The only way to know God is to be still. The only way to really get in tune with his awesomeness is to be still. We miss out on more than we can ever dream or imagine when we fill the air with noise and run away with our hair on fire.
I don’t want to miss out on the awesomeness of my God, who allows us to come and be still any time, any place, anywhere. Right now would be an awesome time to start, wouldn’t it? Shouldn’t we give God the “gift” of our silence? Especially considering the gift He gave us?
So, folks, what touches you out of Psalms 41-72? Please share in the comments below. Or blog it and leave us a link. I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Be ready for Psalms Part 3 next week!