BE STILL AND KNOWBY DAN CRAWFORD, F.R.G.S.A Meditation on Psalm xlviJEHOVAH is indeed our God, our Eefuge and ourStrength. Often, too, have we known Him as avery present Help. Yet how far, far oftener ithas to candidly come to this: "Be still, andknow that I am God!" His attributes are soundless and boundless, but back, ever back must wecome to Himself. This is life eternal, this theAlpha and Omega in one to know God.Whether it be the witness of such an one as Paulthe aged, or Augustine, or Eichard Baxter, theword is ever the same God, God, GOD, and thatI might know Him! But watch withal one tremendous thing. The atmosphere of such aknowledge is that war ever and inexorably precedes peace. "Come, behold the works of Jehovah, what desolations He hath made" inmaking peace! There is no birth without apang. There is no high hill but beside a deepvalley.in112 LORD S SUPPER REVERIESI, a little bob-about of humanity, must be stillto know Him. Therefore He must make me stillwith a solemn stillness. He wars with me formy peace. "From whence come wars," asks theApostle, "if not from this old, old war the soulVERSUS God? Come therefore, behold the desolations He hath made! Behold the trusty treasures of His deep designs and see how in loyal loveGod roareth as a lion in the path of His rebelchild." He had only this one way with THESON when He undertook our case; and He hathno other way with the sons. God must desolateme for my peace. He must cross His church before He can crown it. Come, then, behold notonly life s desolations, but also life s consolations. After the desolation comes the consolation. Look, too, at the specific details in ourPsalm of this peace-after-war postulate and howit eventuates.Firstly, He, the Holy Warrior God, breakethmy rebel bow. Yes, the old bow that had hurledmany a dart at Him, our God. Now all is farotherwise. His arrows are sharp in the heart of the King s enemies. To emancipate, He mustneeds subjugate.