Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
One of my favorite things in life is to sit on the beach in the evening and listen to the waves. I could sit there for hours. I think of the tremendous power the ocean has and I have so little. I think how little I am compared to it. It is a good way to gain perspective.
If being at the ocean can make us feel a sense of awe, how much more should being in the presence of God. He is all powerful, He is everywhere, He knows everything. He can do anything he wants. He also invites us into his presence. The fact that we can go into God’s presence should make us stand in awe. It should also change how we live.
Being in Gods presence should impact us two ways. First it should cause us to stay away from sin. As a child, you were less likely to get into trouble with a parent standing next to you. The fact that we are always in Gods presence should make us sin less. Secondly, it should cause us to be still. When we get into Gods presence, we should be quiet and hear what God has to say to us. I must admit, my prayer time is often just me talking. That is not the way prayer is supposed to be. That is not a conversation it’s a lecture. The verse says, “be still.” Even with free time it’s still difficult to be still. It takes a decision to be still. Oddly enough, that is when God speaks to me the most.
I want to encourage you today to be in awe of God and find a way to be still before Him.