Friday, 11 October 2013

Be Still My Soul

(This reading is based on Psalm 65 read in accordance with the Revived by His Word initiative of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.)

 "You who still the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the peoples. " Ps. 65: 7
This verse is laced with prophetic overtones:
Jesus Calmed the Sea

1. As I read this verse I was immediately taken the scene where Jesus would calm the sea that fearful night when the demons would have killed Him had they gotten that chance, "And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." Mark 4: 29.

Water Symbolizes Peoples

2. I thought it not a coincidence also that in this same verse of stilling the noise of the seas and their waves, God is also stilling the "tumult of the peoples -" because in prophecy water symbolizes people, "The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." Revelation 17:15.
As Jesus spoke calm into the boisterous waves, He can speak a calm into our souls; He can bring peace between troubled factions. "My peace I leave with you," says Jesus, "My peace I give unto you. Not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14: 27. With this reassurance we can readily heed God's bidding in Psalm 46: 10, "Be still and know that I am God."
This classic hymn, "Be Still my Soul," captures well the essence of the message of what God desires to do for us:
Be still my soul the Lord is on thy side
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain
Leave to thy God to order and provide
In every change He faithful will remain
Be still my soul thy best thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end....

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