Be Still and Know

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"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge." - Psalm 46:10-11

"Be still and know that I am God!" is the first part of Psalm 46:10. Here, the word "still" comes from a Hebrew word meaning to "let go" or "release." The meaning would be best understood to say "cause yourself to become restrained or to let go." In other words, we need to come to a place where we are willing to submit ourselves to God and acknowledging that He is in control.

How can we know it’s God?

“…and know that I am God” denotes recognition, acknowledgement, and answering God. First, we must know that God is God, the one and only Supreme Being who created all the heavens and earth (Genesis 1:1).

We can know Him by having an intimate relationship with Him. That does not come from knowing about Him, but rather getting to personally know Him by what He says (in His Holy Word), recognizing the things He does in our lives, and by way of His Holy Spirit who comes to guide and comfort us. In John 14:26, Jesus says “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

When we realize that we are truly incapable of controlling life, we can surrender our will to God’s will. It may be a matter of finally saying we trust Him. This will open the door so that we may experience the fullness of all God wants and has for us. After all, He is our Creator and has a perfect plan for us when we let Him orchestrate it.

Father Richard Rohr's prayer comes from Psalm 46:10 of the Hebrew Scriptures: "Be still and know that I am God." Use this prayer to try and draw yourself into a contemplative frame of mind.

1) Find a quiet place, gently close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Prepare to pray the Psalm in five consecutively diminishing sentences.

2) Either aloud or quietly to yourself, say the words, "Be still and know that I am God."

3) After a couple of deep breaths, pray, "Be still and know that I am."

4) After a couple of deep breaths, pray "Be still and know."

5) After a couple of deep breaths, pray, "Be still."

6) After a couple of deep breaths, pray, "Be."

7) After a couple of deep breaths, pray, "Amen."

When you are ready, begin:

Be still and know that I AM God. [pause] Be still and know that I AM. [pause] Be still and know. [pause] Be still. [pause] Be. [pause] Amen.
Jul 31 2018