“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
I asked the Lord what He wanted me to write about this week and this title came to me. I also heard a song by Mary Mary titled Stand Still and that to me was confirmation the Lord wanted me to write about what being still means to me and what looks like in my life currently.
Looking at the scripture above and thinking about what it means to be still, I would give this definition: being still means trusting God. Trusting God enough to wait on what He has spoken and praising Him in the wait. For me right now, being still looks like trusting what I heard the Lord speak to me in prayer about my job and praising Him each day I go to said job while I wait for what He promised.
It is not always easy for me to be still. There are times I am at work and someone says or does something that frustrates me; while I am not always verbally expressive with what I am feeling my face and body language never miss a beat, and it is seen that something is wrong with me; by failing to control my facial and body reactions I fail to be still. When I find myself frustrated I need to take a moment to pray and invite the Lord into the space I am in and praise Him for giving me peace. When I am on the way to work I should be praising Him, not just for what is to come but also for still having a job, that is being still.
It is not always easy but I have done it enough to know I can become more consistent with being still in this particular area of my life.
For you, it could be something different, maybe the Lord is asking you to be still in a different area and with something or someone else, find out where He wants you to be still and trust that He is there, praise Him not just for what He has spoken but also for what He has already done and know that in your being still, He will be exalted among the nations and in the earth, as Psalm 46:10 assures us.
Being still allows the Lord to do what we have asked Him to and what He wants to do for us. It also shows the Lord we trust Him more than we trust ourselves.
When the Lord asks you to be still, does your response show that you trust Him or does it show you trust yourself more?
I will leave us with a prayer,
Father I thank you for your loving-kindness. I thank you for instructing me to be still. I thank you for knowing that I need to rest and take a break from time-to-time so I can let you do what only you can. I thank you that you are growing my trust in you while I am obedient to your call for me to be still. In the moments I let my feelings and emotions get the best of me, I pray you would shower me with your peace and remind me to praise you in the middle of it all. I thank you that you encourage me to praise and to be still. I thank you that when I am still, you are exalted in the nations and in the earth. Thank you for allowing me to be on this life's journey with you, thank you for sending your Son Jesus Christ to die for my sins and thank you for your Holy Spirit that comforts me and intercedes on my behalf.
I pray and ask all of these things in Jesus' name, Amen