“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
The Hebrew word is yada.
Vine’s dictionary says yada means
To know by observing and reflecting
And by experiencing.
We can read
And understand intellectually that God is good.
He is loving.
He is powerful.
We can observe and reflect
When God moves in history
Or in the lives of those around us.
But that’s not enough,
So God invites us to live with Him
To actively experience His presence and His hand.
The Israelites knew.
From the plagues, to the Exodus, to the Law.
The cloud, the fire, the manna, the water.
So did the armies of Israel.
On the battlefield against the Philistines, the Midianites, the Syrians, the Assyrians.
Outnumbered. Overwhelmed. Yet victorious.
The prophets, too.
Hannah and Hagar
Sarah and Eve
Josheba and Esther knew.
Now the important question is
Do you know the Lord of hosts?
Have you observed and considered?
Do you know the Holy One of Israel?
Have you experienced His peace?
If not, the invitation stands.