Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
"Be still and know." How can God give us visions when life is hurrying at a precipitate rate? I have stood in the National Gallery and seen people gallop round the chamber and glance at twelve of Turner's pictures in the space of five minutes. Surely we might say to such trippers, "Be still, and know Turner!" Gaze quietly at one little bit of cloud or at one branch, or at one wave of the sea, or at one ray of the drifting moon. "Be still, and know Turner." But God has difficulty in getting us still. This is perhaps why He has sometimes employed the ministry of dreams. Men have had "visions in the night." In the daytime I have a diviner visitor in the shape of some worthy thought, or nobler impulse, or hallowed suggestion, but I am in such feverish haste that I do not heed it, and pass along. I do not "turn aside to see this great thing," and so I lose the heavenly vision. If I would know more of God I must relax the strain and moderate the pace. I must "be still."
(J. H. Jowett.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.