Be Still and Know

Posted on 10/09/2011 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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HIS NAME IS JESUS

He is the King of Kings
He is the Lord of Lords
His name is Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus
Oh -- He is the King

His name is Jesus, Jesus,
sad hearts we've no more
He can heal the broken hearted
open wide the prizon doors
And he's able, yes he's able
to deliver evermore

You are the King of Kings
You are the Lord of Lords
Your name is Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus
Oh -- you are the King

Your name is Jesus, Jesus,
sad hearts we've no more

You can heal the broken hearted
open wide the prizon doors

You can heal the broken hearted
open wide the prizon doors

Yes, you can heal my broken heart and
open wide my prizon doors

And you're able, yes you're able
to deliver evermore


I WILL BLESS THE LORD

I will bless the Lord at all times
I will bless the Lord at all times
His praise shall continually
be in my mouth


I STAND IN AWE

You are beautiful beyond description
too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
like nothing ever seen or heard

Who can grasp your infinite wisdom
who can fathom the depth of your love
You are beautiful beyond description
majesty enthroned above


I stand, I stand in awe of you
I stand, I stand in awe of you
Holy God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of you


You are beautiful beyond description
too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
like nothing ever seen or heard

Who can grasp your infinite wisdom
who can fathom the depth of your love
You are beautiful beyond description
majesty enthroned above


I stand, I stand in awe of you
I stand, I stand in awe of you
Holy God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of you

I stand, I stand in awe of you
I stand, I stand in awe of you
Holy God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of you


You are beautiful beyond description
too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
like nothing ever seen or heard

Who can grasp your infinite wisdom
who can fathom the depth of your love
You are beautiful beyond description
majesty enthroned above

I stand, I stand in awe of you
I stand, I stand in awe of you
Holy God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of you


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You're probably familiar with the passage in 1st Kings chapter 19, in which Elijah is led by God up to a mountain, and God displays several fantastic events, but He was not in any of them; and then He spoke in a still small voice.

Let's read those two verses together.

1 Kings 19:11-12 (NKJV)

11 Then (God) said, "Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD." And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake;
12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

I don't know about you, but I find this passage fascinating. Imagine if you were led by God to a mountain, and the Lord passed by. This doesn't say what form God took, or that He took any form at all. But Elijah knew that the Lord was passing by.

And then imagine that a strong wind came. But it wasn't any wind you or I have ever seen. It was so strong that it tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces. That's some wind! Surely, if we knew that God was passing by, and then a wind like that came out of nowhere, we would declare that God is most certain in the wind! But this says the Lord was not in the wind.

Next, there was an earthquake. Now, if the wind was any indication, then this earthquake had to be pretty major. It probably wasn't one of those earthquakes that, when it's over, you look around to see if anyone else noticed it or if it was just your imagination or something you ate. Surely we would think that God, who we know is passing by, is most certainly in the earthquake. But this says the Lord was not in the earthquake.

After that, there was a fire. And let's think about this for a minute. First there was a wind so strong that it literally tore into the mountain and broke the rocks; next, there was an earthquake that was probably just as impressive. After all that, we can image a great, blazing fire that might make a forest fire look like a good place to make smores. Surely if we knew God was passing by, and we saw a blazing fire appear, we would remember how He visited the believers on the Day of Pentecost, and how tongues of fire rested upon each one of them, and we would declare that God is surely in the fire. And on that day, there was a mighty rushing wind, so surely God was in both the wind and the fire. But this says that the Lord was not in the fire.


You know, I think we have forgotten how to be still. We feel the need to be constantly doing something or being entertained. We're constantly watching television or listening to music or playing a game. We're constantly chattering in our heads about something, or with our mouths. Even when we're already doing something, such as eating or driving, we feel compelled to also be doing something else, such as being entertained.

Now don't get me wrong. I'm not suggesting the Bible says that being entertained or staying busy is necessarily wrong. But I want us to consider the addictions of our minds. We crave the wind, the earthquake, and the fire, and in our self-induced atmostpheres of constant inner and outer noise, we often cannot hear the still small voice.

But verse twelve says that there was a still small voice. And the implication is that while God was not in the fantastic things that could not be ignored, He WAS in the still small voice.


So what was the still small voice? Well, the word "still" comes from the Hebrew word dĕmamah (dem·ä·mä') which means a calm, or a whisper, or a silence. So this voice was small, and it was still, calm, silent, almost like a whisper. And the word "qowl" (kole), which is translated "voice," comes from a root word which means "to call aloud."

So God was calling to Elijah from a still, small silence. He was "calling aloud" using a faint whisper.

Have you ever been going about your business when suddenly, you know that you know that God spoke to you? It's still and calm and silent; it's small and not something that would draw most people's attention; and yet it speaks to you on a deeper level than if someone where to call to you out loud. It is the still small voice.

If you're looking for some great sign or wonder from God so you'll know what He wants to say to you, then you might end up sorely disappointed. God can do amazing things. But He is more likely to speak to you in a still small voice. Make sure you put yourself in the frame of mind to hear it, and that you're not always so consumed with constant entertainment, noise, busy-ness, and mental chatter. Set aside some time every day to get alone and just be silent and still. Seek after God in an atmosphere of stillness and silence. And be listening for His still small voice when it comes.

We need to learn to "be still and know that He is God," as God says in Psalm 46:10. It's good to jump up and down and know that He is God; it's good to run around and dance and shout while knowing that He is God. But there is a knowing that comes only when you are still.

That word translated "be still" means to sink, to relax, to let go, and to be quiet. We get all tied up in knots worrying about all our problems, even ones that don't even exist or may never happen; but God invites us to "be still" and to know that He is God. And if you think about it, if we really realize the He is God and He is in control, then it is much easier to be still, to relax, to let go. And if we take the time to choose to be still, to relax, and to let go, then it will be much easier to know the He is God, that He is in control, and that He will work everything out for our good.


Consider your thought life for a few minutes. How often do you think thoughts that make it all but impossible for you to relax, to let go, and to be peaceful and calm? We think about how many bills we have, what things will be like if we end up losing our jobs, how much worse our life will be if this or that happens or doesn't happen. We think about all the crime in the world, the state of the economy, the bad decisions being made by those in government offices, and the horrible policies promoted by those on the other side of the political isle.

We seem to completely forget what we're told to do in
Philippians 4:8 (KMV)

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things.

We want the peace of God, but we think about things that take us away from that place where we are still and know that He is God, and where we hear His still, small voice.

This verse says that we should think about things that are lovely and of a good report. That certainly excludes worry, does it not? As soon as you start to worry, you start thinking about things that are not lovely and are not good news. And Jesus told us to not worry about anything at all, because God will take care of us. In other words, be still and know that He is God.

So if we're supposed to think about things that are good news, what do we do when someone tells us that someone very close to them just died? That's certainly not good news, is it?

Maybe the person who died was a Christian. Certainly their death is good news for THEM. But it is a time of great sorrow for those who love them, and the Bible tells us there is a time to mourn, and we are to mourn with those who are mourning.

Perhaps the person who lost someone close is YOU, and the last thing in the world you want is to be happy. Well, that's okay. Grieving is a very important thing to do. Death is one of the results of the fall of mankind. It's not a happy thing. But even in the midst of this time of sorrow, you can realize that even in this loss, there is good news. God is still God, and He's still in control. And if you let Him, He will use your loss to strengthen you and to build up your character. After all, Romans 8:28 tells us that God works all things together for our good. So even this time of pain and sorrow will turn into something that is of a good report.


Did you know that studies have proven that one person can think about someone else who is a very nervous person, and can think about that person becoming calm, and the result on the nervous person is only slightly less effective than if that person were practicing relaxation techniques themselves. The same results have been seen from many other similar studies.

Just remember THAT the next time you're tempted to think about people rejecting you, or your boss firing you, or your spouse cheating on or leaving you. By thinking about those things, you are sending powerful signals to that person. Instead, think about something good. Think about favor, peace, unity, harmony, and radiant health. God told us to think about good things for a reason. He created all this, and He knows how it works. All we have to do is trust and obey, and our lives will be worth living.


Now, we should realize that this is not the same thing as burying our heads in the sand. If you have bills to pay or a family to support, don't just sit at home all day thinking about good things. Instead, go out and get a job! Take action to get things done, and God will make sure you have everything you need. But in your job hunt, don't be worrying about your bills and about what will happen if everyone turns you down. Instead, be sill, be quiet, be relaxed, be at peace, and know that He is God. See all of God's creation smiling at you, and breath that joy into your soul, then radiate that smiling glow throughout your body and mind, and out to everyone you meet. Your job hunt will be much easier, and you'll be much more likely to get an interview, which will be much more likely to result in a job.

Remember that, according to Romans 4:17, God calls things that are not as though they are. Jesus called Simon "Peter", a rock, knowing that he was still going to deny Him three times. But Jesus saw the solid person of strength and unshakable character that he was going to become, and He called him, in that present moment, a rock.

Do you believe that God will work everything out to your good? Then see the good that surrounds you, and see even that which appears to be bad as something that God is turning into a blessing.

I've heard even Christians say that they just have bad luck. But the truth is that their minds are stuck on things that are not lovely and are not of a good report. See all the good with which God has already blessed you, and see everything else as a diamond in the rough. There are priceless treasures buried in everyone and in everything. Learn to see them, and your attitude towards life will change. And when your attitude towards life changes, your life will change.


Let's end today's service with a time of prayer and ministry. If you want to commit yourself to changing your thoughts, to learning to be still and know the He is God, and to thinking thoughts of peace, purity, loveliness, praise, and of a good report, then you're invited to get out of your seat right now and make your way to the front.

If you'd like someone to talk or pray with you, please instant message Mariposa or me. Whenever you need to go, you're dismissed, and I pray you have a blessed week and that your eyes are opened to those blessings.

In a few minutes, we're going to meet in the Fellowship Room to your left for a time of fellowship.

Come, and let's work this thing out with God, as we make the necessary mental and emotional atmosphere and as we commit to setting aside the time to Be Still And Know.