Tuesday, January 8, 2008

...and KNOW

When I woke up this morning and tuned my heart to the Lord...I literally heard the words of Psalm 46:10 (10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.") in my Spirit. This verse is used so often that we can become used to it. I was pondering the verse to Be still and Know that He is God. Not just to be still...but to Know. To wait for Him in activity as I am being still in terms of allowing my Spirit to be at peace and rest knowing that He will come through in my situation in whatever way He chooses to act...because He is God. As I wait on Him and put my trust in Him...I will see Him in His glorious exaltation. I will know that God and only God came through because I waited on Him and ceased striving in my own strength. This does not mean to sit in your room and be still until the Lord does something. We are to stop trying to manipulate and control everything around us and let God be God.

Then my friend Jessica sent this to me this morning.

From Daily Bread For Today
When Life Goes Bad
David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. —1 Samuel 30:6

Everything looked bleak to David and his men when they arrived at Ziklag (1 Sam. 30:1-6). The Amalekites had attacked the city and taken their wives and children captive. The men were so discouraged that they wept until they had no more energy. And David, their leader, was “greatly distressed” because the people were contemplating stoning him (v.6).In the end, David’s army rescued their families and defeated the Amalekites. But the story takes a great turn even before that when “David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” (v.6). Other translations use the words encouraged or refreshed.The text doesn’t say exactly how David did this. But it makes me wonder, In what ways can we strengthen, encourage, or refresh ourselves in the Lord when we’re feeling discouraged?First, we can remember what God has done. We can list the ways He has cared for us in the past, and how He has provided for us or answe red a prayer request.Second, we can remember what God has promised. “Be strong and of good courage; . . . for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Josh. 1:9).Like David, let’s learn to strengthen ourselves in the Lord, and then let’s leave the rest with Him. —Anne Cetas
“I will strengthen,” so take courage,Child of God, so weak and frail.God has said so, and it must be,For His promise cannot fail! —Anon.
Our greatest strength is often shown in our ability to stand still and trust God.


Charity said...

Why is it so hard for us to just let go and lay our problems at His feet? I seem to always sneak over and pick it back up again and find myself trying to "manipulate and control everything around me."
I just want to give Him some praise for being my strength when I am weak!!!

Faith @ The Great Adventure said...

I love this line! "Our greatest strength is often shown in our ability to stand still and trust God."

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

Be still and KNOW. My theme verse for 2008. I love that He put this on your heart this morning.

Have an awesome week!

Leigh said...

Be still.
I lOVE this!