Be Still and Know

I started playing a recent Shane and Shane concert on Youtube, mainly for background music while cleaning house.

A few minutes later, I had to sit down, grab my plush (okay, slightly weighted) blanket, some tissues and…laugh.

Yes, laughter. The Shane that talks a lot is super funny. You have to watch it.

Don’t get me wrong about the tissues though, there was also crying. ❤️


This amazing concert was filled with stories, music, laughter and praise. It clearly required my undivided attention.

It wasn’t just a radio station of inspirational songs in the background.

It was a very personal time of scripture, honesty, humor, prayer, testimony and in all of that…it brought worship to the King of kings.

I got a bonus surprise at the 1:17 mark with a segment on the 23rd Psalm, which I had just written about this morning.

Despite my stubbornness, disobedience and sin, God continually sends His Spirit, and He’s pleading with me to simply find rest in the Shepherd.

I really need to rest.

I really need to be still.

Watch here: Shane and Shane Concert at Bellevue Baptist Church, August 2021



Be Still and Know

Shane (1 of 2) talked about how we have “Be still and know” on everything from coffee cups to wall art from Hobby Lobby, but have we ever read the full story behind that shiplap sign?

This was part of their intro to this beautiful song, The Lord of Hosts, Psalm 46.

But, read the backstory they used during the concert before you listen. ❤️

Backstory

Did you know that someone named Sennacherib, who was the king of Assyria, came and invaded Judah (2 Chronicles 32)?

If we were playing trivia right now, I would have never, ever remembered that and I’ve read the Bible through several times.

That’s one of the precious things about the Bible though, it’s never the exact same story when you read it.

That’s why it’s described as living and active…we are constantly learning new revelations. We understand things exactly when God intends, if we stay in His Word.

We cannot hear someone if we aren’t paying attention to their words…physically and spiritually.


Back to the Assyrian king with the weird name.

Sennacherib had defeated a lot of nations already and so he mocked the nation of Judah, King Hezekiah and their God.

Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of the lands? Were the gods of the nations of those lands at all able to save their land from my hand?

Who was there among all the gods of those nations which my fathers utterly destroyed who could save his people from my hand, that your God would be able to save you from my hand?

Assyrian king with the weird name

On Judah’s side, King Hezekiah had been making a lot of preparations for this battle by fortifying the walls of the city and making weapons.

Beginning in verse 6, the Bible says that he also appointed military officers over the people and gathered them to him in the public square at the city gate, and spoke encouragingly to them, saying,

Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed because of the king of Assyria nor because of all the horde that is with him; for the One with us is greater than the one with him. With him is only an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.

King Hezekiah of Judah

And the people relied on the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

(Words. From both sides. Which one would you have relied on or believed?)

The Assyrians never stopped with their verbal assault and even sent letters (so like hate mail?); they even spoke in the language of Judah in an effort to “frighten and terrify them.”

But King Hezekiah and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, prayed about this and called out to heaven for help.

Isaiah 37 records this prayer:

Hezekiah’s Prayer
14 Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD.

15 And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: 16 “LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.

17 Give ear, LORD, and hear; open your eyes, LORD, and see; listen to all the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God.

18 “It is true, LORD, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands.

19 They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands.

20 Now, LORD our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, LORD, are the only God. ”


And the Lord sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria.

2 Chronicles 32:20-22 (KJV)

So he (the Assyrian king) returned in shame to his own land. And when he had entered the temple of his god, some of his own sons killed him there with the sword.

So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria and from the hand of all others, and guided them on every side.

And the Lord sent an angel.

Can you imagine the fretting and fear some of those people experienced while the Assyrians were yelling (and sending letters)?

Imagine how many days passed during the preparation for this battle and then the Lord. Sent. An. Angel.


Now, let’s read Psalm 46:

God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress.

Thus we do not fear, though earth be shaken and mountains quake to the depths of the sea,
Though its waters rage and foam
and mountains totter at its surging.
Selah

Streams of the river gladden the city of God, the holy dwelling of the Most High.
God is in its midst; it shall not be shaken;
God will help it at break of day.

Though nations rage and kingdoms totter, he utters his voice and the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob.
Selah

Come and see the works of the Lord, who has done fearsome deeds on earth;
Who stops wars to the ends of the earth, breaks the bow, splinters the spear and burns the shields with fire;

Be still and know that I am God!

I am exalted among the nations,

exalted on the earth.

The Lord of hosts is with us;

our stronghold is the God of Jacob.

Selah

Psalm 46:11-12

Be still and know that I am God.


Youtube 🎥 Psalm 46, The Lord of Hosts – Shane and Shane

Apple Music 🎵 Psalm 46, The Lord of Hosts – Shane and Shane


2 Chronicles 32 – Bible Study Tools

Psalm 46 – Bible Study Tools

Isaiah 37 – Bible Study Tools



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