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January 26, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Exodus 25-27
Audio: Exodus 25-27

Psalm 46 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
    God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
    how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah


English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. Be still, and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10a)

    God is God

    In today's psalm we have one of the most epic (and seemingly obvious) truths about God: God is God. But if we consider all the things that make us feel anxious or depressed, our knowledge (or acceptance) that "God is God" has not made its way into the depth of our experiences.

    Perhaps one of the reasons for this is we don't know how to "be still."

    For most people, alarm clocks invade our rest and it's off to the races we go. No sooner do our feet hit the ground that we are scratching things off of our morning routine "to do" list while adding things to it for all the things we need to do. But often missing from our "to do" lists is making time to be still.

    Who has time to be still?

    Trying to be still can be like floating on the ocean. You may be laying perfectly still but you're still moving. A lot. Because life tends to get us caught up in waves, we need to be intentional about being still – physically and spiritually.

    Just as having a "peace that surpasses all understanding" (Philippians 4:7) does not mean everything around us is peaceful, we can find stillness in the midst of chaos, to-do lists, and even anxiety and depression.

    Being still and knowing God is God is to trust God's sovereignty to bring stability in the unstable circumstances that come our way.

    Why is it so hard to be still? 

    In Jesus' day, there wasn't Facebook, YouTube or 24-hour news. There were no cars with radios. There were no cell phones. There wasn't music playing all around them as they went to the market for food. Yet Jesus withdrew from what was providing the pressure and distractions in His day – the crowds. And he didn't withdraw from them to watch Netflix. He withdrew from them to pray.

    Luke 5:12-16 says, "While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, 'Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.' 13 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, 'I will; be clean.' And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 And he charged him to tell no one, but 'go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.' 15 But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. 16 But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray."

    One of the reasons we may find it hard to pray is that we are not creating an environment of silence around us. Most people keep things playing in the background which can distract us from our own conscience. If we do sit still in silence, most of us find our minds so active, the silence is deafening.

    But when we pull away from whatever is crowding us in, it gives us an opportunity to be still so our "knowing" God is God can become "KNOWING" He is God. 

    One of the blessings of this is that we may begin to see that life will go on without us. If we have become too important that we can't be still and get alone with God, then our priorities need to be tweaked. If Jesus needed to withdraw, then we certainly need to do the same!


    ~ Puritan Prayer ~

    "My Reason Employed For Your Truth" by Ezekiel Hopkins

    "Lord, I am blind and ignorant, and I cannot see through to the consequences. Things that I think are for my advantage may prove to be a snare and a curse.

    But in your infinite wisdom you know everything, so I resign my choice to you. Choose for me. And however your providence will order my affairs, make me then as thankful for disappointment as I ought to be for success.

    Lord, your word has taught me many mysteries which my weak and short-sighted reason cannot comprehend. But I desire to sit at your feet; your word will shape my outlook. And this I understand: you who are very truth can neither deceive nor be deceived. So I find infinitely more reason to believe anything you tell me than to disbelieve it—even if it seems impossible.

    Since you have spoken it, I fully assent. And I deliver up all the cheeky impudence of my reason to be chastised and tutored by faith. Amen."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

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