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Wednesday’s Devotional Meditation

May 20, 2020
Stand Still and Look Up

I was awakened this morning by a very loud and roaring thunder. It did that just about the time I usually get out of bed. The sound was as if the sky was being torn apart. I can just imagine the lightning that was associated with such thunder. It must have dazzled the skies. My dogs must have been terrified. The rain was coming down. As I lay there, listening to the sound of rain and hearing the thunder continue to roar, I thought about my childhood, how the rain fell on the tin-top house as we sit and laid quietly in the dark. You see, there was this belief that when all of this was going on in the skies, God was taking care of business. He was doing a special work. He was moving and working and handling things. We were told that, that’s what we were hearing. And so, we were told to sit and be quiet and be still while God was at work, least that lightning might hit the house and burn it down. There was a neighboring family, who lived about a mile from us, whose house had been struck by lighting and burned down. My mother said to us, “that what will happen, if you don’t be-still”. In electrical school where I learned the theory of electricity, I was taught that thunder and lightning originated from a natural reaction rather than the movement of God. Yet, when I hear Thunder and Lightning, I still tend to “be still.” I still believe that Thunder and Lightning are messages that God sends to the earth. God is the God of nature, you know. (Psm 19:1) The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Listen to these passages;   

Zechariah 2:13
Be silent before the LORD, all people, for He has roused Himself from His holy dwelling.”

Habakkuk 2:20
But the LORD is in his holy Temple. Let all the earth be silent before him.

Psalm 46:10 
Be still, and know that I am God;

There are many who, each day, look for encouraging signs of a better day ahead. So many overly worried about tomorrow. When will we be safe again? Will I live to tell about it? When will this virus be abated? When will we be able to go back to work? Will my business survive? Will there be a food shortage? Will we be able to feed our families? I need to go to the doctor and get this taken care of before it gets worse. What’s going to happen to America? Will Trump be re-elected? These questions and concerns come from horizontal viewing of what is and what might be. The VERTICAL view is captured in Psalm 46

Psalm 46:1-7,
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.

 (I’m adding these two)

D1Though the lightning flash and the thunder roar.

D2Though diseases ravage the earth

 

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.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”
As I sit here meditating on this psalm, I am stuck on vs4-5 …  the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;

Up there where the Most High dwells, God is in that city, up there! Wow! “She will not fall.

I say, “when I go outside this morning, I’m going to look up. Look up into the skies where the Thunder came from, where the lightning flashed. God awoke me this morning with a reminder, “I’M STILL HERE!” Even though the waters are roaring and the mountains are shaking, …on earth. “ I … AM …. STILL….HERE! BE STILL (drake) AND KNOW, “I AM STILL HERE.”. BE STILL (earth) AND KNOW, “I AM STILL UP HERE.”.

I am going to walk outside this morning, STAND STILL and LOOK UP… It’s a beautiful morning, I think I’ll go outside for a while.

7.The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge
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