“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10 NIV
Have you noticed how loud the world has gotten? Stopped at red lights, our ears are assaulted by the BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! of the bass. Dining out, it's challenging to converse over the music's din. We live in a noisy world. All this noise pollution batters our ears, minds, and souls.
Escaping to a place of solitude, even for a few minutes, is like pressing a reset button. It provides a break from the cacophony and chaos of the world to our natural state of tranquility, a time to hear our thoughts. More importantly, in the stillness–the absence of sound and quietness of the body–we hear God's voice. During this time of communing with God, we find peace and serenity but also an awareness of who he is, who we are, and what we are to do.
All those talking heads on TV, the music that assaults our ears and perhaps corrupts our souls, are put into the context of what they are, distractions from the truth. God is exalted over every situation and nation–the very fabric of the universe. All the splendor of heaven and earth are arranged by his hand. Amid din, chaos, and time, God reigns eternal.
God of all time and space, ruler of heaven and earth, we exalt your name. Help us as we escape to quiet places to calm our spirits. May we sit in your presence for a while and experience your tranquility. In this stillness, may our minds be opened to understanding, and may we more clearly hear your voice. Amen.
Today is my one-thousandth daily devotion post. Thank you for reading, your many words of support, and your prayers. My continued prayer is that you find them uplifting and encouraging.