Sermon on Be still and know that I am God Psalm 46:10

 "Finding Tranquility in God's Presence"

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we often find ourselves caught in a whirlwind of activity. Today, we turn to Psalm 46:10, where God invites us to "Be still and know that I am God." In this sermon, we will explore the need for calm and reflection, understanding the profound knowledge of who God is, and how His presence offers comfort during life's struggles.

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I. "Be Still" - The Need for Calm and Reflection (Psalm 46:10a)

Psalm 46:10a begins with a simple but powerful command: "Be still." This directive reminds us of the importance of calmness and reflection in our lives. In the midst of our hectic schedules and the world's chaos, taking time to be still allows us to find serenity and hear God's gentle whisper amidst the noise.

II. "And Know That I Am God" - The Knowledge of Who God Is (Psalm 46:10b)

The latter part of Psalm 46:10, "And know that I am God," calls us to a deeper understanding of God's character. To be still is to contemplate the profound knowledge that He is God—the Almighty, the Creator, and the Sustainer of all. By knowing Him, we acknowledge His sovereignty over our lives, filling us with hope and trust.

III. Life's Struggles and God's Promise (Psalm 46:2-3)

Psalm 46, in its entirety, acknowledges life's struggles. Verses 2 and 3 illustrate this vividly: "Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." Despite these challenges, the psalm reassures us of God's unfailing presence and protection.

  • Be firm (1 Cor 15:58)
  • Be steadfast (1 Cor 15:58)
  • Always be abundant in the work of God (1 Cor 15:58)
  • Be strong in the Lord (1 Cor 16:13; Eph 6:10; 2 Tim 2:1)
  • Have good comfort (2 Cor 13:11)

IV. "I Am With You" - The Comfort of God's Presence (Psalm 46:7)

In Psalm 46:7, we find comfort in the words, "The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress." God's presence is our ultimate source of strength and refuge. It is in His presence that we find solace and strength to overcome life's trials.

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V. Stillness as an Act of Trust (Psalm 37:7)

In Psalm 37:7, we find the encouragement to "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him." Stillness is not merely the absence of noise but a deliberate act of trust in God. It is a choice to relinquish control and rest in the assurance that the Lord is in command. In the midst of life's uncertainties, stillness allows us to place our trust in Him who holds the universe together.

VI. Knowing God by His Word (Psalm 119:105)

The foundation of knowing God is His Word. Psalm 119:105 reminds us that "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." In the pages of the Bible, we discover God's character, His promises, and His desires for us. As we immerse ourselves in His Word, we come to know Him more intimately, gaining insights into His wisdom and love.

VII. Learning to Hear Him in the Stillness (1 Kings 19:11-12)

In 1 Kings 19:11-12, we find the account of the prophet Elijah seeking to hear God's voice. Despite the raging winds, earthquakes, and fires, God's voice was not found in the tumult but in the gentle whisper. In our own lives, it's vital to learn how to hear God's voice in the stillness. As we take moments of quiet reflection, we create space for God to speak to our hearts, guiding and comforting us.

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Amidst life's chaos and struggles, we are called to "Be still and know that I am God." This divine invitation serves as a reminder of the importance of finding calm and reflection in our lives. As we embrace stillness, we gain a profound knowledge of who God is, recognizing His sovereignty over all.

"Be still and know that I am God" is an invitation to experience God's peace and presence in our lives. Stillness is an act of trust, a conscious decision to place our faith in the One who holds the world in His hands. We come to know God through His Word, learning about His character and His will for us.

Just as Elijah discovered God's voice in the gentle whisper, we too can hear Him in the stillness of our hearts. In these moments of quiet reflection, we find guidance, comfort, and a deeper connection with our Heavenly Father.

May we take to heart the words of Psalm 46:10, embracing stillness as an act of trust and a path to knowing God more intimately. In the quiet moments, may we hear His gentle whisper and find the peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.

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