Expressions of faith
Scenes of silence

Bishop Monterey D. Lee, Sr

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth,” Psalm 46:10.
Today I have questions I need to ask you: What do you do when you don’t hear the voice of God? What do you do when you don’t feel the presence of the Lord? What do you do when you feel all alone? What do you do when you don’t know which way God wants you to go?

As Christians, we’ve all been at that place where we did not hear the voice of God. We vigorously seek God, but in return we only receive ‘scenes of silence’ when we feel all alone and drooped down in everything we’re doing.

Scenes of silence are seeking God for answers, crying out for His help and relief, but still hear nothing.

Scenes of silence take hearing the voice of God to build an intimate relationship with Him. What do you do for this to happen?

The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 46:10: “…be still and know that I am God.”

The sons of Korah wrote and sang this song before the music leader in the Temple in Jerusalem. The Temple was the house of God in Jerusalem. The Temple of the Lord had stood in Jerusalem for more than 300 years.

The Temple was a place where the people of God would meet to hear the voice of God and thank Him for His refuge, strength, security, and peace.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. God is a strong place for us, where He will keep us safe. He will always help us when troubles come.

The Israeli nation was known by God’s name (Yahweh). The surrounding nations had heard of the wonders Israel’s God had worked for them in Egypt, in the wilderness and in their own land. Israel’s God was a great God, and His throne was in Jerusalem. Yet the people did not follow Him. They worshiped other gods and ignored God’s laws and commandment.

Some kings from the descent of David, would turn the people back to God, but other kings led the people into all kinds of disobedience.

God promised that He would exile (remove) His people from their land if they turned from Him, and now Jerusalem’s time had come.

The Babylonians would destroy the city and carry the Jews away.

Even as the Lord planned Jerusalem’s destruction, they would have scenes of silence in their lives. He would still be there for them if they would only turn back to Him and repent.

This psalm expresses thanks to God for His deliverance of Jerusalem, “the city of God.” So even when troubles come and the earth shakes, we will not be afraid. When the mountains fall down into the deep sea we will not be afraid. If the sea makes dangerous waves so that the mountains shake, we will not be afraid.

Their are three key provisions of God in this psalm:
• The Affirmation of His Stability: When all else fails, God is a place of security.
• The Application of His Security: God will protect His city, giving His people assurance and comfort.
• The Accountability of His Authority: All men are to call upon God for his comfort and mighty work.

For there is a river that flows into the city of God that is blessed for the people to have stability, security, and authority. That is the holy place where the most High God Lives.

God is in that city. God is in the midst of her. She shall not be moved. God shall help her, and nothing can even destroy Her. When dawn comes, God will be there to help Her bright and early in the morning. God is there not by His essence, power, or providence—but by His presence. When it is night in your life, this is when God comes on the scene.

Nations are shouting with anger. Kingdoms shake and fall, but God’s kingdom is forever and ever.

The Lord of hosts is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge, a shelter from danger or trouble. The Lord Almighty is there to help us.

God will turn scenes of silence into the mighty works of the Lord! He causes wars to cease. He destroys the soldiers’ bows and spears. He burns their shields in the fire. All you have to do is “be still, be quiet, and know that I am God.

“Understand that I am God. Silence and stillness is needed to hear Me. All the world will say that I am God, I am great, I am mighty.

“Know that I am a sovereign God, the supreme ruler, King. I am the Lord, your helper, the Lord of Host, the Lord of the Sabbath, the Lord of the Angels, the Lord of Hosts of Heaven. The God of Jacob will keep you safe and turn your scenes of silence into the mighty works of God. Just be still, be silent, and know that I am God.”