"Be still, and know that I Am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted on earth."
I found great comfort in this familiar Psalm this morning both on a personal and national level. It begins by focusing us on the fact that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. It ends with telling us to cease striving, or to be still and know He is God.
Quite honestly until I obey the last instruction I don’t realize the first part. We must cease the busyness and striving, and get to a quite place to become aware of who He is, so by His Spirit He can put things in perspective. When my emphasis switches from the seen to the unseen I surrender and find rest.
The first commanding action is to be still. We have to be very intentional to accomplish this in our high tech culture, but we must if we are tired of treading the never ending wheel of life alone. In the stillness we afford the Holy Spirit the opportunity to reveal His omnipresence, His omnipotence, His power and love for us personally.
Find a quiet place to be alone and be still, and let Him reveal to you He is God. In His Presence is the refreshment and rest we are all in desperate need of individually and as a nation. Then we cannot help but exalt Him in our everyday lives and among the nations!
In His love.
I love the solitude I find deep in His creation away from the world. There I am able to find my way back into the busyness of life knowing not only He is God, but He is my strength and refuge no matter my circumstances in this life.
(Picture taken while backpacking White Top Mountain, third highest peak in Virginia.)