December 16, 2009 – Do You Know What I Know?
Scripture: Exodus 5:2, Job 37:15-16, Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go.”
Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who is perfect in knowledge?
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
Bill Ward asks me every Sunday, “What do you know?” I usually answer something funny or simply “I know that it’s Sunday.”
I ask you “What do you know?” or as the songs asks, “Do you know what I know?” I know this from Scripture, and it’s quoted above: to know God, we need to be still. Look at some other admonitions of being still:
Exodus 14:14 – “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Nehemiah 8:11 – “The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a sacred day. Do not grieve.”
Psalm 37:7 – “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
Zechariah 2:13 – “Be still before the LORD, all mankind, because He has roused himself from His holy dwelling.”
Mark tells us that Jesus rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still.” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. The disciples were amazed – even the wind and the rain obeyed Jesus – they KNEW who He was. But I think the rebuke was not only for the storm but for the disciples (and for us). “Quiet! Be still and know who I am.”
Want to know what else I know?
Jesus loves me, this I know, For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong. They are weak but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me; yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me; the Bible tells me so.
Master of the Wind and Waves, quiet the storm in my spirit. Make me lie down in those green pastures, beside the still waters, so that I may be still and know that You are God. I exalt You among the nations, I exalt You here on earth. Amen.