• Bishop Keith Butler

Stillness and Exaltation

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)


The psalmist wrote that in our stillness, we would know that God is God, and we could experience Him in a more significant way.

If we can know God more intimately in our stillness, then wouldn't the opposite be true? In our frantic moving, doing, and striving, we understand Him less. In silence, we draw closer to Him; in our frenzied activity, we can practically forget God.


When we pause and allow God to speak to us, we allow Him to be exalted in our lives. When we strive in our own might, we exalt ourselves.


As human beings, we tend to work hard to garner honor and praise for ourselves. However, as we look to the life of Jesus, we realize it was His humility that exalted Him. We also can note that Jesus humbly admitted His dependence on the Father when He said: “I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak” (John 12:49).


The Gospels recount many times that Jesus spent significant time in prayer, talking to the Father, and getting instruction from Him. Despite the impressive miracles accompanying His ministry, Jesus was quick to transfer all of the glory back to the Father.


Our job is not to become “famous” or “popular” or “powerful” in the earth. Our main responsibility is to exalt God’s name on the earth by doing what He tells us to do. How do we hear from Him? By learning how to be still and listen.


Practical Application – Practice being still today and listen for God’s voice. Do not allow your prayer time to become a one-sided conversation. After you are done speaking, spend extra time in silence, listening for the voice of God.


Isaiah 52:13; Psalm 18:46

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