Psalm 46 NRSV

1 God is our refuge and strength,

    a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,

    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;

3 though its waters roar and foam,

    though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy habitation of the Most High.

5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;

    God will help it when the morning dawns.

6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;

    he utters his voice, the earth melts.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our refuge.

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord;

    see what desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

    he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;

    he burns the shields with fire.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God!

    I am exalted among the nations,

    I am exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord of hosts is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our refuge.

This morning, we got real about the fact that being still is not an end in itself.  The “be still” command from Psalm 46.10 challenges us to let God be God.  What follows is the reality that God will be proclaimed through both the nations and the earth—two spheres where chaos is very present.  There’s little we can do about the warring nations and the quaking earth, but we can stop and let the majesty and sovereignty of God wash over us.  We can let God reign in our lives and let that living reality ripple and cover those near and around us.

The picture above is a photo I captured a couple years ago of a good friend of mine, Rev. Ed Dickens.  Ed and I attended seminary together and have shared a wonderful relationship of prayer and friendship.  One of his most endearing qualities is his ability to bring calm and holy trust to any situation.  He exudes God’s comforting power.  When he prays, things change.  I hope for that kind of connection and ministry in my own life.  Me and many others have been blessed by his ability to stop and pray for us, not later, but THERE, in the moment!  Its that kind of seriousness and attention to the command to both be still and pray that is required for us to fully grasp the Scriptures meaning.

In the photo, Ed is overlooking the valley at Whiteside Mountain, between Highlands and Cashiers, NC.  In this moment, when he stopped to let the majesty of God’s hills wash over him, he drew me and our other friends into a moment of awe.  This is what we are to do as Christians, to let our lives of stillness and prayer witness to others.

May your gaze into the glory of God point others into His loving kindness. Be still, and know that He is God.

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