Summary: To show that JESUS is the One we exalt every time there's a need, a problem, focusing on the problem rather than on JESUS does not exalt JESUS but it exalts the problem.
Do you exalt GOD or your self?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that JESUS is the One we exalt every time there's a need, a problem, focusing on the problem rather than on JESUS does not exalt JESUS but it exalts the problem.
Psalms 46:10 (Amplified Bible)
46:10 Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!
Psalms 46:10 (The Message)
46:10 "Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything."
Thank You very much, LORD JESUS, because of You reaching out to me, I am able to calm down worshipping Your Presence, You are exalted among the unbelievers and You are exalted over all the earth. LORD JESUS, be exalted in my heart, be exalted among the nations, and be exalted among the earth.
JESUS is exalted among the nations of the earth
A. Author: Authorship of many is uncertain, generally or widely attributed to King David.
B. Purpose: To praise and worship JESUS.
C. To whom written: To GOD, to the author himself
D. Main Themes: Prayer and Praise
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. JESUS, BE EXALTED IN MY HEART. -- Be still and know that I am GOD
"Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God."
Let the Presence of JESUS consume you all over, from head to toe, and not the activities and traffic of everyday lives, don't be consume by the daily concerns and cares of this world, but be consume of the loving Presence of JESUS.
There is a proper order of knowing GOD, you don't just jump up right at knowing JESUS but first be still. Be still came from Hebrew word "raphah" is the same word used in the title of JESUS as "JESUS, the Healer", meaning to cease, to consume, to draw. Draw near to GOD and His very Presence will heal you. Focus your attention on JESUS.
Hebrews 12:2 (Amplified Bible)
12:2 Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Habakkuk 2:20 (Amplified Bible)
2:20 But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth hush and keep silence before Him.
Zephaniah 1:7 (Amplified Bible)
1:7 [Hush!] Be silent before the Lord God, for the day [of the vengeance] of the Lord is near; for the Lord has prepared a sacrifice, and He has set apart [for His use] those who have accepted His invitation.
Zechariah 2:13 (Amplified Bible)
2:13 Be still, all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused and risen from His holy habitation.
No one will know this is what you're doing, but it's a personal thing between you and GOD, and we differ from expressing our being stillness with GOD. But you know in your heart that you are still in GOD's Presence. Being still is different from a panic. Your body might not be moving, and you're still not be still in Him, but you are moving and yet you are still. The mind has the major role in being still with GOD, it has to do with our focus. Are you focus in your problem? or Are you focus on JESUS?
Beware of still water, a still dog, and a still enemy. Yiddish proverb
Still is defined as "To stop, as motion or agitation; to check or restrain; to make quiet; as, to still the raging sea." - Webster's 1828 Dictionary
I easily get distracted that's why I always sit in front even if I'm not the preacher because if I stay at the back, I look at people and things and get distracted and my focus was to them not on JESUS's Presence in the church. What I'm saying is, we can't easily solve our problems in life, but we don't focus or think on the problem if we want to really know GOD, with our mindset, we get away from all the problems and "EMPTY" ourselves with GOD's Presence. For rich and poor people alike, we tend to focus on money, if we are rich, we focus on what to buy next, the most expensive gadget that we can have, and if we are poor, we tend to focus on how to become rich, both the same. But rich and poor alike must focus on JESUS, not on getting rich, not on buying lots of stuff, but on JESUS. Remember, the Blessor is JESUS, also don't forget the Blessing because it's JESUS as well.