Understanding in the Presence
And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, “Go your way.
Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.” And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
Application: To be still we need to acknowledge his presence.
“God’s one and only voice is silence” ~ Herman Melville
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Application: Be Quiet by acknowledging the power of his presence
This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
Application: Give praise in his presence
Understanding God comes only in his presence
1. We are still
2. We are quiet
Acknowledge his presence and his Sovereignty