Friday, June 5, 2015

from sample chapter of a book

Proponents of contemplative prayer would respond with, What about

Psalms 46:10? “Be still and know that I am God.” This verse is often used

by those promoting contemplative prayer. On the surface, this argument

can seem valid, but once the meaning of “still” is examined, any contemplative

connection is expelled. The Hebrew meaning of the word is

to slacken, cease, or abate. In other words, the context is to slow down

and trust God rather than get in a dither over things. Relax and watch

God work. Reading the two verses just before Psalms 46:10 puts it in an

entirely different light from that proposed by mystics:
Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations

he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease

unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth
the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be

still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the

heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. (KJV)

This isn’t talking about going into some altered state of consciousness!



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