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Be Still and Know . . .

Be still and know that I am God.

These words from God come from Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God; / I will be exalted among the nations, / I will be exalted in the earth.”

This verse comes from a longer section of Scripture that proclaims the power and security of God. Here is the whole psalm:

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

The majority of the psalm is written in the third person as the psalmist speaks about God. However, God’s voice comes through in verse 10, and the Lord speaks in the first person: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Be still. The word still is a translation of the Hebrew word rapa, meaning “to slacken, let down, or cease.” In some instances, the word carries the idea of “to drop, be weak, or faint.” Christians often interpret the command to “be still” as “to be quiet in God’s presence.” While quietness is certainly helpful, the phrase means to stop frantic activity, to let down, and to be still. For God’s people being “still” would involve looking to the Lord for their help (cf. Exodus 14:13).

Know that I am God. Know in this instance means “to properly ascertain by seeing” and “acknowledge, be aware.” How does acknowledging God impact our stillness? We know that He is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (present everywhere), omnipotent (all-powerful), holy, sovereign, faithful, infinite, and good. Acknowledging God implies that we can trust Him and surrender to His plan because we understand who He is.

I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. It was tempting for the nation of Israel to align with foreign powers, and God reminds them that ultimately He is exalted! God wins, and He will bring peace. During Isaiah’s time, Judah looked for help from the Egyptians, even though God warned against it. Judah did not need Egyptian might; they needed reliance on the Lord: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15).

When we are still and surrendered to God, we find peace even when the earth gives way, the mountains fall (verse 2), or the nations go into an uproar and kingdoms fall (verse 6). When life gets overwhelming and busyness takes precedence, remember Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Cease your frantic activity, run to Him, and fall into His arms. Acknowledge that He is God and that He is exalted in the earth. Be still and know that He is God.

The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
they sing among the branches.
Psalm 104:12

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gil00

The GBP is almost equal to the dollar atm. Is this a concern about their economy?

1.0546USD

-0.0313-2.88%

AS OF 10:52 PM EDT 09/25/2022 EDT

https://www.bloomberg.com/quote/GBPUSD:CUR

kalbokalbs

I would guess, it is more of a concern for US.

But, perspective matters.

  • Fewer GBP to buy US stuff.
  • More expensive for USD to buy GB stuff.

Not a financial guru or economist of any sort. Just my uninformed thoughts.

cthulhu

It’s a great time for Americans to be buying tea.

And Doctor Who DVDs.

cthulhu

Conversely, it’s a bad time for Brits who have to buy things priced in dollars. Like microprocessors, or oil.

For Americans buying American things priced in dollars, it won’t be noticed. Similarly, for Brits buying Brit things priced in pounds, it isn’t a big deal.

Americans can shop on amazon.co.uk for British goods priced in pounds. If you charge it on a credit card, they’ll convert the money at a slight fee. You can also shop at pimoroni.com on the UK side.

gil00

Now this is very interesting.
Tucker at a Hells Angels funeral w 7000 people.

‘I cleared my schedule to be here’: Tucker Carlson turns up to pay tribute to Hells Angels leader Sonny Barger – calling him the ‘famous outlaw who scared all the moms in my neighborhood s***less growing up’

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11249069/Tucker-Carlson-turns-pay-tribute-Hells-Angels-leader-Sonny-Barger.html

kalbokalbs

Glad Tucker went. Had a nice eulogy. Fundamental message solid. Glad things went smoothly for all.

gil00

I drove by the san berdoo clubhouse a lot. Always clean and tidy. Never saw problems at the place. I do know the fibs were always messing w them.

Barb Meier

Epoch Times has this story behind a paywall, so I went to the source at NIH. The authors are associated with Taiwan medical institutions. They discuss Peimine’s ability to prevent spike proteins from interacting with ACE2 if I understand correctly. Something for those with far more understanding than me to consider. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35894128/