Welcome back to ‘The Still Series’! This week we’re looking closer at [Psalm 46:10] in order to draw nearer to the original text.
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
Every now and then, it can serve us well, to read like a Hebrew, (right to left). Perhaps, if we lived our lives a bit more backwards, we would see the truth – straight forward!
The backwards approach, it’s the way of the Christian, right? To be great – become a servant, to be honored – be humbled, to find life – lose yours first, to have an abundance – pour out the best of all you have and so on… Okay, now back to the Psalm and studying it – Hebrew style!
God: In this Psalm, it is the Hebrew word [Elohiym] or Elohim; meaning the (true) God or God of all gods. He is God in the highest regard and fullest sense of the word. El and Elohim are associated with power in the O.T.
I am: The one who is, always was and who is to come.
Know: [Yada] To know by experience. To become known, be revealed; to perceive, confess, acknowledge, understand, declare.
Be Still: [Raphah] in Hebrew. The biblical usage is translated with a dictionary understanding meaning: to sink, to refrain, to let drop, to let go, to be quiet. Also: to cease, forsake, withdraw, abandon. (1)
Does this give you a different perspective of the command to; be still? Another words; to let drop, let go, sink, cease, refrain…
It’s neat when we dig a bit deeper into Holy scripture. We’re bound to discover, surprising insights and significance even in the simplest of words! And why wouldn’t we; when every Word is God-insprired and God-breathed?
“Why begin defining the words backwards?”
In this direction, we first establish God’s name; the representation of who He is. Elohim: all powerful, God of all gods. And it’s in acknowledging Him, His Name, His power and supremacy, that calms our hurried hearts with a stillness and assurance, which no amount of stress can steal.
‘Yada’ means to know. “Oh, not the slang,” yada, yada, yada; but to really know, know, know – God. We first must yada and then we can be still. Another words…
When we ‘Know’, we can ‘Let Go’.
Let go of fear and frustrations and fall far into surrender. To know God is to ‘acknowledge’ the knowledge of His Word and take it to heart. Acknowledging Him in all our ways, keeps our hearts (so prone to wander), steady, still and secure. Scriptures like, Philippians 4:8 speak clearly the kind of thoughts we should think upon. They act as a boundary line for the brain; a safe border set up to protect and guard the heart.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. [Phil. 4:8]
Repeated meditation of truth is how we cultivate relationship and trust in God.
Knowing, trusting and resting, coexist side by side. The better we know the Word, the deeper we trust in His Word. Trust is what guards our hearts from worry, defeat and disbelief. Knowing is how we; forsake fear, abandon worry, let drop what’s distracting and let go of what’s distressing.
Remember the Hebrew for ‘be still’ can be translated, let go, let drop, forsake, abandon, cease, etc…
Amazing conversations are to be had while doing dishes. At least that’s where it happens for me. I pull the baby swing in and repeatedly assure her, “I see you”. She needs the reassurance of my voice, when she can’t quite see my face.
Wiping the grit and grime away, the smallest whisper beckons for my attention. “See how she needs your presence, how the assurance that you ‘see‘ her, instantly brings calm and stillness.”
It’s the awareness of God’s presence that moves us to be still, even in the midst of commotion and chaos. When responsibilities summon us and urgent demands shout to us; God’s presence provides the peace to go about our schedules and duties, with an undisturbed, unhurried heart.
The weight of the world wasn’t meant to be carried on our shoulders. We’re not called to carry our cares, we’re commanded to let go of them.
Being still, is more than a few moments spent in solitude. It’s a way of life; a mind-set, a heart-condition. It’s a lifestyle committed to; continually let go, cease from striving and sink deep into surrender. It’s learning to forsake the flesh and pursue the presence of God. Because His presence is what gives us the deep peace we’re desperate for.
Again: Be still (in Hebrew); to let go, to let drop, to be quiet. Also: to cease, sink, refrain, forsake, withdraw, abandon.
Be still – to withdraw from the worries of this world
and abandon one self into the power of His presence.
Stillness isn’t the absence of work. It’s absence of the wrong kind of work; the work of our own will. Because according to this verse: “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” [Isaiah 32:17]
Let’s not live this life putting forth exertion toward the flesh, which becomes wasted energy. For whatever we give our strength to, we yield our heart to. Instead, let’s yield it to the things of the Spirit; that which brings life, produces peace and profits the soul.
“The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” [Romans 8:6]
Praying this week: His presence moves us to be still and prompts us to let go, surrender the stresses, and acknowledge Him; God (Elohim), in all our ways…