Tuesday, July 16, 2013

be still



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

Raphah yada Elohim. Be still, and know that I am God.

My favorite thing about that brief line of Scripture is the very first word, raphah. “Be still.” I used to imagine that as a sudden halt, a midsentence-interruption kind of stillness. But when I actually looked up the Hebrew word, I found that it means something a lot more powerful and relevant to my life: to slacken—to relax.

“Relax! Realize beyond the shadow of a doubt that I am God. No matter what’s worrying you right now, I’m working out a plan in which I will be lifted high in the end.”

This is a reminder I desperately need every single day—especially as this week draws to a close, and with it, the final pages of an eleven-month chapter in my life.

1 comment:

  1. I love the look of the Hebrew language. When Pastor Randy says some Hebrew, it sounds really harsh, but it *looks* so pretty. And you were integrating the principle behind the commandment just now :) Wunderbar.



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