“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
"And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”40He answered,“I tell you, if these were silent,the very stones would cry out.”
Maybe you heard the collective sigh all throughout Southern California last Tuesday when a certain set of ping pong balls revealed that the Los Angeles Lakers would receive the 2nd pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Or maybe you are not a fan of basketball at all and could care less. Either way, the Lakers received a good bounce for the first time in what seems like forever (actually it has only been about 3 years) and the fortunes for the franchise, and by extension, most of their fan base are finally looking up. Some have said that the Lakers have a chance to get a “sure thing” in the second pick of the draft, but it is difficult to count on a teenager to turn around a team all by himself. Still, some are guaranteeing that the Lakers are back. Yet there are very few guaranteed sure things in this world. Even when something is touted as such, there is always an element of chance involved. So the Lakers will have to wait and see.
Not so with God. The Psalmist points out one thing that is a lock in Psalm 46:10: “I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” declares God. You see, God’s agenda on this earth is His glory. And nothing will stop this from happening. In ancient Greek mythology, the gods were in need of peoples’ adoration and praise to exist, and gain power, and there are some who think that this is the case with the God of the Bible; but they are mistaken. God’s glory and exaltation will occur regardless of whether or not we are on board with it.
In Luke 19, we are enlightened to this reality when Jesus enters Jerusalem to a throng of people who are cheering for Him. The religious elite are disgusted with this display and demand that Jesus “rebuke” His disciples. His answer is stunning and provides some deep truth about the glory of God: “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” In other words, my glory is not dependent upon the participation of people; instead, it exists simply because it exists. Jesus does not need us to be glorified, we need Him.
That is why the first part of our previous Psalm begins with the words, “Be still.” Since God’s glory is neither begun, nor sustained, by my involvement it is my responsibility to stop my activity and receive His claim that, “I am God.” The simple fact is that the only sure thing in our world is that God is God and that He will be glorified; whether by me, or rocks, or simply by being God.
The conclusion is that since the reality of God’s glory existing and being promoted is so sure, it is incumbent upon me to join with all of creation in doing what is only natural: to praise, adore, exalt, and obey Him. It is my privilege and honor and it is to my benefit that God is glorified in my life. I will be where I should be when I submit the rest of my life (be still) so that I can know what reality really is; which is not this world and all of its pursuits, but a God who loves me and cares for me, and who desires His best for me.
I will not let the rocks do my job. I will not allow the distractions of this world to keep me from pursuing the best possible course of action. I will sing and shout with all of creation and the heavenly realm that God is God of my life and deserves my best.
Posted on Wed, May 27, 2015
by Sam Petitfils