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Topic: Chillax (04/03/14)
TITLE: Be still
By Stanley McMahon
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In a cacophony of power, they smatter the psalm with images of tsunamis, earthquakes, national crises and war from beginning to end, but the background of it all is painted with the soothing colours of shalom.
It is almost as if they say, ‘Imagine the most earth-shattering experiences known to mankind, bundle them all together and magnify them and then… just stop. It is okay. The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge.’
And in verse ten, we have one of the best known highlights of the whole of the Psalms: ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’ The command to be still is also translated, ‘Cease striving.’ The picture is not unlike the familiar summer road trip, with the restless children in the back of the car, and the exasperated parents with the inevitable, ‘Stop fidgeting and be quiet!’
It’s not the absence of activity as much as the presence of peace. It is all about knowing that whatever happens, from personal tragedy through to national and international crises, the God who is our refuge is aware of it and is already steps ahead of us and knows the outcome. The call is to believe and receive his all-enveloping peace that goes far beyond our capacity to understand. He is God; He is Lord and He is our refuge. Let’s run to Him; let’s be still and trust Him.
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