Be Still and Know

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  • May 23, 2013

This is the third of four posts in our series: For The Love of God (and others), Be On Time

Click play and watch this video¹ for a minute.

Can you relate to that? And more importantly, doesn’t everything in your soul crave the deep breath and stillness of the clip’s last five seconds?

Well what if that’s exactly what the opening moment of our Sunday service is supposed to be? An opportunity to pause. To exhale. A chance to step away from the breakneck pace of life and encounter God.

What our lives crave is Sabbath. Rest. And because God cares for us, He provides just that. In fact, He commands it. To rest our bodies from labor and our souls in the finished work of Jesus. On the Lord’s Day, God offers us this deep breath for our souls. Though our lives can often be stressed, and busy, and preoccupied, and frantic, and hurried, every Sunday, God gives us a unique opportunity to:

“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

The first moments of our service, the Call to Worship, intentionally have a moment of silence. Don’t rob yourself of this moment. Life is filled with so much clutter. Humbly receive the invitation to be still. To set your gaze upon the beauty of God. To silence the deafening noise so that you can hear His voice. To allow His Spirit to pull together your fragmented heart that it might be undivided in love and affection for Him.

Sunday service begins with a once-in-a-week opportunity. A moment to gather with God’s people and be still knowing that He is God. It’s a gift. Don’t neglect it.

(Click here for Part 1 or Part 2 or Part 4)

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¹ The video is taken from the intro to a sermon series by Northpoint Community Church.

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About Ajay Thomas

Ajay lives in Philadelphia with his wife Shainu and their kids Hannah and Micah. He is responsible for preaching and vision as a pastor at Seven Mile Road. He loves God, family, food, and football - in that order.

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