“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10)
It must have been a dark day in Israel when the psalmist penned the words of consolation and encouragement found in this psalm. The theme is that God will always be in control, regardless of what men may do; and in this verse, he takes the Israelites a step farther by telling them to take a deep breath and just listen to God.
Like Israel, we as individuals and as the church today need this kind of encouragement at times in our lives—dark times do come, and we need to develop the ability to take a step back and to think deeply about the messages God gives us in His word—the New Testament calls it meditation.
Most of us have life styles that keep us busy both with physical and/or mental activity—we sometimes find ourselves thinking only of what’s coming next. So, as a result, we fail to stop and smell the roses—we fail to spend quiet time in meditation.
Reality is that we can have a fuller and deeper appreciation of God when we are alone and when we allow ourselves the luxury of pondering what is really important in life—that is, our spiritual life here and the indescribable possibilities for eternity. It is at such times that we can really listen in our own minds to God’s messages.