Welcome to WORD17, a scripture memory program!
Last week we found our introduction to Psalm 37:7 here. This week let’s dive further into the verse.
Be still in the presence of the Lord – what DOES that mean?
We live in a fast-paced society, a do something, get ‘er done kind of world. Sometimes that fast pace grabs the other end of life’s rope and tugs quite opposite of being still, doesn’t it? But busyness and “checking things off the list” don’t have to win the tug-of-war.
Here are 3 areas we can consider when being still:
1. Zipping the Lips
The Message version uses the word “quiet” in place of “be still.” As a chatty one, this resonates. Sometimes we simply need to quiet the chatter, even when it’s in prayer, and wait expectantly with listening ears. Good things happen when we quiet the conversation and simply wait to hear God.
2. Rearranging the Schedule
Sometimes it’s beneficial to calm all those “to do’s”, putting them in their corner, so our ears will hear God’s tiniest pin drop. Busyness can quite easily crowd out our God – even as Christians doing “good” things. But ears that hear? They flow in His Spirit beautifully.
It’s easy to run with anxiety and worry when times get tough, isn’t it? When evil looks as though it has had the last word, we may be tempted to embrace anxiety or worry. But a child of God sitting in stillness, trusting their Father to act on their behalf when His timing deems, accomplishes much in the spiritual realm. Remaining in Him mimicks a child staying alongside their parent in obedience. It’s safe, right, and good. (John 15:4, Prov. 3:5-6)
Being still in His presence – are you ready? Let’s take time this week to simply be still.