Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Psalm 46:10 (King James Version)
We’re a noisy lot. Look at our media-especially television and Internet with their round-the-clock offerings. Go out in public, and you’ll hear someone chatting loudly on their cell. Drive, and you’ll have someone with their car stereo turned up to concert hall pitch booming through closed windows. I live not far from Times Square in NYC, and every time I drive through at night I feel like I’m in a scene from Blade Runner. It’s enough to make you scream.
What’s worse is the spiritual noise in our lives. This noise are the myriad thoughts that crowd our mind for our attention. Thoughts about home, family, career, church, social life, etc…run 24-7 inside us. This is exacerbated when we allow the noise from the world (mentioned above) to crash into our minds and add fuel to the fire. This noise can distract us from the weightier things in life (ref. Matthew 23:23), and pull us away.
Tonight’s text is a familiar one, usually read or sung during a worship service’s “Call to Worship.” Here the psalmist is reminding us to pause and reflect that God is God. Here they have God reminding us to be still, to shut it down, to take it down a notch. We need to understand the majesty and power of the Divine in our lives; to recognize His/Her unfathomable being. To also realize that God is to be exalted (given preeminence) among the people-not just Christians either. We need to pull away from our noisy world, shut down out noisy thoughts and focus on God.
As we still ourselves and recognize the Divine, we will have clarity of mind and spirit. We will learn from God what He/She has for us in our lives. We will develop fellowship that nourishes us; instead of the world’s crap that drains us. As Christians-and others-this is something we sorely need. Since God calls us to intimacy, this is a good road to that state.
As we continue this Lenten Season, let us learn to shut it down and know that God is God: to pause and reflect.
(Image: Fog at dusk at Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield, NJ. February 11, 2018)