"Be still and know that I am God"
I am speaking at a camp this week. Yesterday we looked at King Saul's downfall. Saul led his men to battle against the Philistines. The enemy was as numerous as the sand on the seashore, including 3,000 chariots and 6,000 charioteers. It looked scary, but the men and Saul knew that the prophet Samuel was going to come and offer sacrifice to God in seven days and then God would give them victory.
However, as the men waited they became "un-still." Each day they watched the enemy and saw no Samuel they began to question their chance of victory. They KNEW Samuel was going to be there in seven days, but their fears caused them to forget. Mighty men of battle began to "quake with fear" and some even threatened to desert. So it was that on the seventh day, when Samuel still had not shown up, Saul himself performed the sacrifice.
With the smell of the burnt offering still in the air, in walked Samuel. Samuel called out Saul, and Saul explained himself. Samuel's answer was, "You acted foolishly." (1 Samuel 13:11) Because Saul had not kept God's command, he would lose the kingdom to a man "after his own heart."
Where did the trouble begin? Saul's lack of faith in God. He didn't trust God to be his refuge and strength. Instead of being still and knowing that God is God, Saul put his trust in himself and fear and impatience settled in.
We have the same choice. Will you trust in God's strength or look to yourself? As the sons of Korah told us, we must be still first. That means you do not fear and tremble. You do not worry and fret. Being still comes from knowing who is in control and trusting that He is God.
This powerful Psalm ends with these words of comfort:
"The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress."
Remember this promise when the waters foam, the mountains tremble, and the enemy seems as numerous as the sands on the seashore. The Lord ALMIGHTY is with us.
Be still and know that He is God, and He is on your side.