One of my very favorite songs is Be Still by Kari Jobe. Here are some of the lyrics:
He is peace to the wounded and hope for the helpless one
He is here
Be still my soul, be still
Wait patiently upon the Lord
When the waves rise against me and the wind tries to draw me away
I will stand on the mountain, safe in Your arms, I will sing
I know He is God
I never get into trouble like I do when I try to get ahead of God. I worry before I take the time to pray. I give birth to every possible, horrible outcome before I have given the situation over to God. I worry, fear, fret, and stress so easily!
When the winds start to blow and the rain starts to fall, I listen to this song. It not only calms me, but helps me remember that, as they say, I am forgetting to tell my storm just how big my God is.
Kari’s lyrics remind me that I need to be still. I need to stop being about the business of panicking and get about the business of praying. I need forget about worrying and focus on waiting.
I need to remember that the God of the universe is with me. I can stand on the mountain knowing that His arms will hold me strong and keep me safe. There is nothing else in the world that helps calm my soul like the reminder of these truths:
“Be still, and know that I am God.” ~Psalm 46:10
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” ~Exodus 14:14
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him;” ~Psalm 37:7
“For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him.” ~Psalm 62:5
“But I have calmed and quieted my soul” ~Psalm 131:2
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.’ ~Lamentations 3:24-26
“But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” ~1 Peter 3:4
Dear Heavenly Father, it is so easy for us to become anxious when we see the wind start to blow. Help us to remember to be still and just know – that you are our God, that you are with us, and that we can truly rest in the safety of Your arms. Help us to bring our problems to you in prayer, and then have the faith to leave them there. Teach us to rest, Father, in You. We thank you and praise you that though the rain may fall, we will not be washed away. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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What do you think? How have you learned to be still?