Be Still and Know!

The Psalms are masterpieces of psychology and theology.  They are honest, earnest and trustworthy expressions of life lived in positive response to God, to both the reality of God and of His precious assurance that we may know Him, follow Him and trust Him.


The Israelites were at their end.  They were surrounded on every side by those who wished to kill them.  Their provisions were exhausted, and so were they.  They braced themselves to be massacred.  And then God spoke:  “’Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’  The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalm 46.10, 11).


Our world can well appreciate.  The terroristic travesties of Paris and Nice, of Belgium and Germany, the trauma of Fort Hood, Charleston, Ferguson, San Bernadino, Dallas and Baton Rouge only accentuate an existent and persuasive reason for anxiety and fear.


My dear wife and I recently contemplated our own demise.  I had suffered four heart attacks last year and, thinking that I had turned a corner for the better, was attacked again in May.  My scorecard has been five heart attacks, three atrial fibrillations (you know; when the heart should be pumping at 60 but ups the ante to 158 beats per minute!), four catheterizations and over two weeks in Hotel Einstein-Montgomery (where at least I could watch Turner Classic Movies while awaiting the insertion of wires into my ticker!).


My wife, who had been dutifully looking after me, had to visit the ER just a few days after my return home.  Five days later she came home, but only with a return engagement for surgery, as the doctors had discovered cancer.  That’s a very cold word, especially when applied to your body!  And it doesn’t help that it is simultaneously determined by one’s husband’s doctor that he will require a special cardiac procedure called an ablation.


My surgery entailed “burning” marks in my heart.  A week later, Peggy had one-third of her colon removed, replete with malignancies, as well as all of her lymph nodes for the purpose of biopsy; cancer, you see, has a nasty way of spreading.  The doctors used “robotics” on her; the latest, we were told, in surgical technique.


I am delighted to report that Peggy’s surgery was successful, and that she was deemed to be cancer-free.  We give thanks and praise to God!  His favor had clearly been cast upon us throughout the ordeal.  It assuring to the core to know that Someone is watching over you when the roof caves in.  I’m fine; too, at least for now – and thank God again!


We heard His Word:  “Be still, and know that I am God.”  We want the world to know:  He is to be exalted among the nations, and in the earth.  And we wish to invite you to join us in gratitude and praise, for He wishes to be your fortress and your God; also!


Bradley E. Lacey

Pastor, First Baptist Church at Conshohocken

August 2016