“Be still before the Lord”.
Ps 37:7 NIV
In modern society speed is vital. We live in a rush. When you ask many people how things are with them they will reply, “Hectic”. Some people, in trying to cope with “everything” compile lists of things they have to do. Then they tick them off one by one as they get done. Some even work out an “A” list and a “B” list. The A’s are even more urgent than the B’s.
The psalmist didn’t live under that kind of pressure. Or at least we usually make that assumption. But even then it was easy and tempting to crowd God out of the agenda of life. Spiritual devotion always requires discipline and determination. It is far easier to mess about with trivialities than to turn to God. But he had also found how valuable it was, in the midst of the rush of life, to spend time in stillness and quiet in the presence of God. To do so, calms one’s anxious mind, makes one aware of the power and love of God, and helps one to bring a bit of order into the chaos and confusion that can otherwise overtake one.
This applies every bit as much to the Christian believer today as it did to the ancient psalmist. Probably more so. Make a definite time just to be quiet and to recollect the presence of God. Have some help – a book of hymns to read, the Bible, or a collection of prayers. Don’t just dash off a hasty reading of one verse and call that your quiet time. Even if you can’t do it every day, do it now and again. You’ll be better able to cope with the rush.
Lord, let me be still in your presence.