In Psalm 46:10, God invites us to, “Be still and KNOW that I am”
The knowing here is not academic or intellectual. In Hebrew the word for “know” is yada, (pronounced yad-THAH). Yada can mean secular knowledge and head-knowledge, but in this and other contexts in Scripture, yada is much more intimate. Westerners most often think in terms of head-knowledge. But head-knowledge is not what God is inviting us to here.
In Psalm 46, as in other places, he invites us to a knowing that “surpasses knowledge.” (Eph. 3.19). This YADAH is more akin to the communion between a husband and a wife at the height of intimacy, and in the union that takes place in sexual union. That’s why in the King James and ESV versions of the following verse, Adam and Eve “knew” one another, in order to conceive a child.
“Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” Genesis 4:1 (ESV) [emphasis mine]
Certainly, what’s going on here with God is not the physical act, but the spirit intimacy best illustrated by a pure love between a husband and wife. We are in Him and He in us. Remember after all, God created sex and all that goes with it. The Bible in various places indicates that much more than the physical act is going on in sexual love. Something connects deep in the personality. Positive or negative soul ties are made there. In my opinion, that’s why often if you were to ask a man or woman if they can remember the first time she made love and with whom, she wouldn’t blink before she’d have the answer. A soul tie was made. That connection is psychic (a soul connection).
The knowing that surpasses intellectual apprehension makes deep, living changes in us. Really it is the personality of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit comingling in the deep places of our being–our spirit–to change us at the core. Our minds cooperate, but are themselves the recipients of the work God does deep in the inner recesses of the heart.
In our stillness before Him, the Father desires us to know His approach and abiding presence. We can sense it. I liken it to what if feels like when someone enters a room while your back is turned. You can sometimes feel that someone has entered. Then you turn and see that your feelings were right. At least I sense the Father that way. I also feel a fullness of spirit (I don’t know how else to describe this). I feel a joyful fullness–and know that He is infusing me with Life. He also wants us to experience a deep, peaceful trust in our inner embrace.
Solitude and silence are the essential conditions to knowing your Lord in ever deeper ways.
Be still. Know. He will manifest his wonderful peace and presence to your inner man or woman.
QUESTION: Have you known God in your deepest heart? How would you describe it?
©2011, David C Alves