To Know God – 3/22/20

John Arevalo

Psalm 46:10-11 – ’Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’ The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress

 

Jesus was never in a hurry. In John Mark Comer’s book, “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry,” he said that “hurry is a violence to the soul” and what you give attention to is who you become. One of our biggest threats these days is not just the culture of secularism, nor the influence of the prosperity gospel, but the rampant pace of our lives that fails to be in communion with Jesus. We can spend hundreds of times touching our phones daily, without letting our minds touch on the things of God.

 

This is why Psalm 46:10 is so timely today, “Be still, and know that I am God.” In light of recent events, our natural inclination is to take action in order to fix the problem immediately. But God, who has constantly revealed His presence, power, protection, sovereignty, and favor to His people in this whole psalm, is now asking us to be still and know Him. Stillness before God leads to an experiential knowledge of Him. It allows us not to just know things about God but pulls us into a satisfying experience of truly knowing Him.  

 

I had some knowledge of my wife, Leah, before we started dating. But it wasn’t until I got to spend time with her did that knowledge differ from being truly acquainted with her personality, passions, character, and love for people. In the same way this is what God wants for us. He wants us to be still and know all He is for us. He wants us to be filled with joy in His presence (Ps. 16:11), to gaze upon His beauty (Ps. 27:4), to be renewed by His new mercies every morning (Lam. 3:22-23), to be glad in Him (Ps. 32:11), and to taste and see His goodness (Ps. 34:8) to the point where we can proclaim, “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress!” 

Prayer Points

 

  1. Pray that you would be able to practice being still before God more than ever.  
  2. Pray that our church will continue to foster a culture of people who are intimate with God through stillness before Him. 
  3. Pray for all the families that we served in our city this week. Pray that our gospel witness to them would plant seeds that leads to their salvations.