Being Still

"Be still, and KNOW that I Am GOD"
(Psalm 46:10 AGI).

God's people are commanded to "Be still" in Psalm 46 verse 10. The "imperative" command given is a solemn duty to all those in a loving relationship with God. A covenant relationship with the Almighty God is not taken lightly. Today this "imperative" is given to everyone who comes to KNOW God, whether they be a Christian or a Jew.

So what does it really mean when God's own are commanded by an "imperative" like this to "Be still"?

I really believe this "holy injunction" is not given to restrict our mobility as God's people, no, but it is given as a duty of "Being Still," and thus to us represents a deeper spiritual temperament or disposition that ought to characterize those to whom God's "Unfailing Promises" have been given. What wealth it is we gain because of God's unbounding love and care to us.

More then Words - an Idea, a picture

I love Hebrew words because Hebrew is such a rich picture language. The Hebrew word translated "Be still" comes from the Hebrew letters - resh, pey, hey - "rapa - raw-faw" - Strong's #7503 and a primitive root, its meaning: to slacken (in many applications, literal or figurative):- abate, cease, consume, draw [toward evening], fail, (be) faint, be (wax) feeble, forsake, idle, leave, let alone (go, down), (be) slack, stay, be still, be slothful, (be) weak (-en).

Key here is the Hebrew root resh pey, which by the way has the same primitive root as #7495 (resh, pey, aleph - rapha') and it is this root means, where our deeper understand comes from. The Hebrew word "rapha" means: properly to mend (by stitching), i.e. (figurative) to cure, (cause to) HEAL, physician, repair, and thoroughly make whole. Well this is all good stuff in my book because I see that in "stillness" comes "healing" as commanded by God. GOD'S WORD® Translation puts it this way:

"Let go [of your concerns]!
Then you will know that I am God.
I rule the nations. I rule the earth."

According to Barnes' Notes on the Bible we read: "Be still" - The word used here ra'pha'h - means properly to cast down; to let fall; to let hang down; then, to be relaxed, slackened, especially the hands. It is also employed in the sense of not making an effort; not putting forth exertion; and then would "express the idea of leaving matters with God," or "of being without anxiety about the issue."

What the Lord God showed me many years ago was that "being still" in Him brings "healing" to you.

This word is found in various forms in the Hebrew Scriptures, and with different shades of meaning that we can all glean from when God is speaking to us to be still, but "healing" is the one that I heard Him speak deep into my spirit years ago. He said:
"In stillness comes your healing." This was back in 1987, and that is just what took place in me as I put my "total trust in His Living Word."

But it also refers to that which is slack, or to let drop, or in some instances, to be weaken. Sadly, there are those who are far from "being still" - they do all the work and give God NONE of the credit that is rightly His for giving them the strength to do their daily tasks. They can "do it" all on their own, without any divine dependence so they think, foolish people.

But here is the irony in this term "Be still" - while we must take the initiative to fulfill our responsibilities and live our everyday lives before God, the uncertainties of living in a world full of sin, sickness and the "woes of today" will continually challenge all of us until The Messiah comes to take us home to His Father's house.

This command to "Be still," forces us to think on three things:

1) That we are finite, have a pea brain and limited sight, and that our great "God is Infinite!" That being the case, we need to drop our hands, let them go limp in His sight, relax, and "fully chill out" in these the Last Days.

2) Believers (Christian) ought to "come, behold the WORKS of Yeshua Yahweh," (v. 8) that we may ENJOY a C.C. ( CALM CONFIDENCE) in Father God who gave us His ONLY Unique Son, Yeshua to save us from our sinful self's.

3) That the Holy Spirit's power working in me is far greater then my finite, pea brain and limited sight are. By trust in Him, I can do all things, included "being still" when I need to be.

Truly it is the good Rabbi, Paul's reasoning in his letter to the Romans (8:32) that makes the most sense to me today:
"Shall He not also with Him freely give us all things?" Therefore to me reading and studing Psalm 46:10 this time around encourages me to reflect on what "God can do in the face of what I am unable to do." Praise God!

So Friends, as our world crumbles around us, the call from Scripture is: Don't flinch in FAITH, and TRUST in our Great God. We need "stand still," not because of a self-made confidence, not because you are the most composed person in the face of disaster, and not because you've seen it all, but because YOU KNOW YOUR GOD, and HE IS VERY VERY GOOD! So "Be still" because of what you know about God and His Goodness - He is Faithful in all things to us! Amen.

It is "God's past" that provides me with CALM for "my future."

Know too that Yeshua is God! Know it, not merely intellectually, but practically. Not only spiritually, but emotionally deep down in your spirit-man know this truth. He is your God if you claim Yeshua (Jesus) as your Savior!

He is the All-Powerful Creator of the Universe - so let's give Him all the praise due Him.

Halleluyah! Halleluyah! Halleluyah! Halleluyah! Halleluyah! Halleluyah!

If we are the last women or men standing when the day is over, let's "Be still" and KNOW He is GOD! If you agree shout out 3 times:

Halleluyah, Halleluyah, Halleluyah!!!

Let's Read Psalm 46 - God is Our Refuge and Strength

1 For the end, for the sons of Core; a Psalm concerning secret things. God is our refuge and strength, a help in the afflictions that have come heavily upon us. 2 Therefore will we not fear when the earth is troubled, and the mountains are removed into the depths of the seas. 3 Their waters have roared and been troubled, the mountains have been troubled by his might. Pause. 4 The flowings of the river gladden the city of God: the Most High has sanctified his tabernacle. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her with his countenance. 6 The nations were troubled, the kingdoms tottered: he uttered his voice, the earth shook. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our helper. Pause. 8 Come, and behold the works of the Lord, what wonders he has achieved on the earth. 9 Putting an end to wars as for the ends of the earth; he will crush the bow, and break in pieces the weapon, and burn the bucklers with fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our helper.

Brenton Septuagint Translation, 1884.

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