“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 Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.” Psalm 23
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
“You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
One of the hardest things for me to do in life is to be still. Physically, yes. And in my mind. Even when I slow down physically, which I don’t prefer to do and don’t do well, my mind tends to keep going – and going. Even in my sleep. Waking me from my sleep. And then on it goes as I sleep. Even when I am doing one thing, my mind is hurrying forth with something else. Maybe even several things. Often many. Motion. Motion. Constant motion. Tiring. Exhausting. Sigh. I wear myself out. Make myself weary.
Then I am reminded the Lord wants us to be still. In Psalm 23, He shows us He desires to lead us by STILL waters. In the scripture from the book of Isaiah above, He shows us His peace comes when we keep our focus on the Lord. When our minds are “stayed” on Him. Fixed on Him. And, in Psalm 121, the Lord shows us through the psalmist we should look to Him – to the hills. He, He shows us, will be our help.
Being still is not about the physical, is it? It may certainly involve being still physically. But more than anything, does it not involve being still in our minds? Being at rest. Being at peace. Being quiet. Silent even. So quiet, so at rest, we can feel God’s presence. And hear His voice. And take in His Word. And commune with Him. Yes. And obey Him. And follow Him. And enjoy Him. And keep following Him. In His love.
Being still comes down to trust, doesn’t it? Trusting that the Lord is God. Trusting that God is the Lord. Trusting that Jesus Christ is Lord. Trusting that He is everything we need. Trusting that He when we yield to Him will lead us and guide us and provide for us and care for us and love us and forgive us and have compassion on us and give us wisdom and comfort us and teach us and grow us and conform us to Himself and walk with us and be in us and be our Lord and Savior and master and healer forever and ever when we belong to Him through repentance and faith in Christ as Lord who died on the cross for us and was raised from the dead. He who is Lord forever! When our trust is in Him – and in His Word. The truth of His Word.
When we are not trusting God, do we not rush around trying to do everything on our own? Worrying, worrying? Trying to orchestrate everything, direct everything. To run the show. To fix everything. And sometimes everyone. Like we’re in charge. Little lords of our own little lives – and sometimes of others’ lives. Because we’re not trusting Him. Rushing, rushing. Running, running. Putting ourselves in the place of God. Not necessarily because we think of ourselves as God. But because underlying it all we are not trusting God. To lead as Lord. To be our Lord. To be Lord of all. As He most assuredly is. Lack of trust leads to restless, restless, restlessness. Lack of peace. Lack of stillness.
How can we be still? Especially people like myself? By trusting God. By putting our trust in Him. Moment by moment. By moment again. By spending time in His presence and in His Word and learning of Him and from Him. By choosing to walk with Him. To walk in His ways. By beholding Him. By setting our gaze upon Him. And on His Word. By receiving His love and loving Him in return. By being in intimate loving fellowship with Him.
Psalm 46:10 does not merely tell us to be still. We are to be still and KNOW HE IS GOD. We can be still when we meditate on the truth HE IS GOD. HE IS GOD AND LORD AND KING FOREVER OF THE UNIVERSE! There is nothing and nobody greater than He is. No problem bigger. No challenge larger. He is the most wonderful, the greatest, the magnificent, the lovely, the splendorous, glorious God forever! The one true God. The only true God. King Jesus. Lord of Lords. King of Kings. Every problem we face on this earth, as well as everything good, all of it is temporary. The Lord is FOREVER! FOREVER LORD! The one with whom His followers will be forever and ever!
Some people can be still for hours. For me, moments of stillness is progress. But even those precious moments as I learn to be still before God are worthwhile. Precious, yes. Worth the learning. The practicing. The growing in the way of being still before God. We are not to just be still and meditate on this world. We are to be still and contemplate God. His Word. To set our hearts upon Him. Upon His greatness. His goodness. His amazing awesomeness. For He is Lord! Lord forever! Let us be still before the Lord! And exalt Him, magnify Him, proclaim Him, to sing and shout and speak and celebrate and rejoice. THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD FOREVER!
Let us be still. Before the Lord! Oh, let us be still!