10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
http://www.dictionary.com/ defines the word “still“ as:
- remaining in place or at rest
- free from sound or noise
- subdued or low in sound
- to silence or hush
- to calm
- to free from turbulence or commotion
- to calm
- to quiet, subdue, or cause to subside
- to become still or quiet
John J. Parsons (http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Meditations/Be_Still/be_still.html)
remarked that “…this verse is not so much about meditation as it is about the mediation of God’s kingdom in the heart of faith. The command to “be still” comes from the word “rapha” (meaning to be weak, to let go, to release), which might better be translated as cause yourselves to let go”…We “let go” in order to objectively know the saving power of God in our lives. We give up trusting in ourselves and our own desires and our own designs to in order to experience the glory of God’s all-sufficiency…When we confess the truth about who we really are---weak, feeble, and ineffectual…we can surrender our desire to control outcomes and entrust the care of the world to God.”
- Deuteronomy 31:6: "Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you."
- 2 Chronicles 20:17: "You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf…Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed the LORD will be with you."
- Isaiah 41:10: "...fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
They say the 1st step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. I am confessing this sin and desperately praying that the Lord will soften my heart and open my mind to not only accepting the truth that I need not fear, that I have never had the proposed strength or power I tried to claim was mine but that I will also LIVE OUT this truth and that my every thought, word, action, and decision be exemplified in the knowledge and application of BEING STILL and KNOWING HE IS GOD.