Be Still And Know

Posted on 06/25/2006 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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Good morning, and welcome to the gathering of the saints. Whether you came here today expecting to encounter God, or whether you don't even know why you're here, God is present, and he is the reason you've come today.

Let's all stand up and get ready to worship our King together. Click-touch the pulpit for a notecard, and spirit-touch your heart so true worship and praise can flow from within to the One who is our reason for living and breathing.

The world is full of promises of love, whether that promise is in a new relationship, a sinful activity, or a wall we put up in an attempt to protect ourselves from hurt.

But in all your travelings, in all your seekings, in all your hoping and waiting, you will find that at the end of your journey, there is only one true love, and it is this love and this love alone which is powerful enough to tear down our walls, merciful enough to embrace us in the midst of our greatest failures, and limitless enough to flow through us, filling our entire being and those around us with life, joy, and peace.

We read in first John chapter four that "God is love." The further away from God we stray, the more we must rely on false love to feed our deep need and desire for love. The problem is, we always come up short.

If you want true love, if you want true and lasting peace, if you want to have that weight removed from your shoulders, and that emptiness deep inside you finally and fully filled, stay with us for the next twenty minutes, as we take a moment to be still and know that He is God.

Let's pray.

Father, thank you for bringing us here today so we can come into your arms and receive the love you have for us, and give you our love in return.

Thank you that you are a holy God, and you are full of mercy and forgiveness.

We ask your forgiveness, Lord. We turn away from our own ways, and today we seek after you.

It's in Jesus name we pray. Thank you Lord. Amen!


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WE BRING THE SAcRIFICE OF PRAISE

We bring the sacifice of praise
into the house of the Lord
We bring the sacrifice of praise
into the house of the Lord

And we offer up to you
the sacrifices of thanksgiving
And we offer up to you
the sacrificies of joy




THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There's power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you over evil a victory win?
There's wonderful power in the blood.

There is power, power, wonder working power
In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder working power
In the precious blood of the Lamb.

Would you be free from your passion and pride?
There's power in the blood, power in the blood;
Come for a cleansing to Calvary's tide;
There's wonderful power in the blood.

Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
There's power in the blood, power in the blood;
Sin stains are lost in its life giving flow.
There's wonderful power in the blood.

Would you do service for Jesus your King?
There's power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
There's wonderful power in the blood.




You may be seated.

The name of my message today is "Be Still and Know." We live in such a fast-faced world, and our lives are so hectic and busy. Sometimes it seems as though we have forgotten how to be still.

The more turmoil from without becomes trapped within, the more we are unable to be still and quite, and the farther away true peace becomes.

We read in Psalm 46 verse 10, "Be still and know that I am God."

So many voices cry out for our attention. They yell, "There is no hope," or "There is hope only in yourself," or "There is no true way to eternal life," or "Every way leads to eternal life."

No matter what the voices around you have been telling you, God's call to you today is this: "Be still and know that I am God."


Let's read the 46th chapter of the Psalms together, and then we will close in prayer and have a time of fellowship.



God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

Though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.


(Selah)

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

(Selah)

Come and see the works of the LORD,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire.

"Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."

The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

(Selah)




Lord God, help us to still our own rambling thoughts, our own itching minds, our own agendas, and our own pursuits, and help us to be still and know that you are God.

We can make every argument this way and that, we can look from every angle imaginable, we can battle with our own doubts, fears, and reasoning until we give up or call a truce.

But at the end of our struggles, we will be right back where we started.

Or, we can be still and know that he is God.

The creation declares the glory of God, the heavens show his handiwork. Can we truly sit silently under the great expanse of the heavens, feel the beating of our hearts, consider the harmony of nature and the unfathomable intricacies of each passing moment of life, and not know that he is God?

Today we are not going to have an altar call. We're not going to ask for a showing of hands. The ministry team can come forward and sit around here at the front, as together we take a moment to be still and know that he is God.


(Selah)



If you want someone to pray with you, please instant message any of the ministry team. The rest of you are free to go next door, where we'll all meet up in a few minutes for our time of fellowship.


May the peace that surpasses understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. May the victory that comes through knowing Jesus be yours. And may you find those times of rest, time to be still and know that He is God.