Be Still and Know I AM GOD

All creation declares You glory; use our lives to declare Your glory as well. We are Yours

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011

He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Ps. 46:10 NIV)

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge;  3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.  4 Yet their voice goes out to all the earth, their words to the end of the earth. (Ps. 19:1-4 NIV)

“Be still and know that I am  God” is a phrase which has several different meanings.  This is not unusual in Scripture (the sacred writings of the Bible), where our infinite God uses finite words to communicate multiple topics without contradicting who He is.

This particular passage can refer to letting God fight our battles as it was for Moses and the Israelites when they were backed up against the Red Sea with Pharoah and his army coming to get them.  There was seeemingly no way out and God had Moses declare, “13…Do not be afraid.  Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:13-14 NIV)  In other words, be still and let God show you it is by His power in His supernatural, unanticipated, unimagineable way that what you are facing will be resolved.

But another meaning is what the phrase seems to say on the surface.  Very simply, be still and know He is God.

When was the last time you found a quiet place and paused, where there was no input, no incessant chatter, even no music – where in the stillness you could become aware of and connect with the melody and ongoing, never-ending sympony which is God’s creation declaring His glory into the atmosphere?

His glory is His magnificent, palpable presence and the majesty of His way.  Every look at how creation works shows us how we can expect God to be and reveals the beauty as well as the dissonance of the world in which we live where there is His inner peace available in all circumstances and yet no peace in the natural where lions prey on lambs and humans prey on each other.  There is destruction, death, restoration and life, then destruction, death, restoration and life again.

This physical existence will never be heaven for our ancestors chose to follow the adversary’s direction instead of God’s. Therefore this same supernatural adversary and his fallen angels have dominion in the earth.  As opposite and anti-thesis of all God is, this means there will be evil, darkness and sadness.

But as followers of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord (once each individual has made this personal choice), we  become God’s adopted children.  This is not our home.  We are here on assignment.  We are lamps to shine the Light of Truth of God’s Way whose focus is not on life until death, but life through physical death to eternity.  We are lamps carrying the truth which illuminates the lives of others with sudden understanding, purpose, meaning and signifcance.  And God is with us, using us throughout – no matter where our lives take us.   He sent His Holy Spirit to be with us.

Be still and know He is God.  Breathe Him in and sense His fragrance of truth, hope and always love which wafts through the atmosphere.  Follow it.  Delight in it.  Rest in His promises to use all for good and not for evil.  Let Him use your life to declare His story for His glory as all creation does every  moment of every day until it is His timing to bring you home.  Be still and know He is God.

He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Ps. 46:10 NIV)

Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!  END

PLEASE remember to view the new song, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  SHARE the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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