Having written my post yesterday, ‘Be still’, I found myself thinking more about the verse today, albeit from a slightly different tack. Psalm 46:10 had brought to mind a modern hymn I used to sing with the church choir and congregation in Edinburgh, ‘Be still for the Spirit of the Lord, the Holy One, is here’. The song was written by Dave Evans and the depth of sincerity in the lyrics and beautiful cadences in the music really do move one’s spirit. I found a lovely recording of it on YouTube, www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DBSy6d0Anc, which features the treble voice of Liam O’Kane. Most recordings replace the ‘Spirit’ in the first line with ‘presence’.
Here are the lyrics to the music.
Be still for the Spirit of the Lord
the Holy One is here,
come bow before him now,
with reverence and fear,
in him no sin is found,
we stand on holy ground,
be still for the presence of the Lord
the holy one is here.
Be still for the glory of the Lord
is shining all around,
he burns with holy fire,
with splendour he is crowned,
how awesome is the sight,
our radiant king of light,
be still for the glory of the Lord
is shining all around.
Be still for the power of the Lord,
is moving in this place,
he comes to cleanse and heal,
to minister his grace,
no work too hard for him,
in faith receive from him,
be still for the power of the Lord
is moving in this place.
The words of this song encourage us to ‘be still’ before the Lord, because only by being still and allowing Him to lead and guide us along our life paths may we meet with Him by the power of His Spirit. These three verses offer up to the Lord the believer’s heartfelt adoration and praise, and deep faith in His power to cleanse our souls, heal our ills, and save us for all eternity. When we are still before the Lord – when we look only to the Lord in with a cleansed heart and quietude of mind, when we do not strive for ourselves but pledge our lives as beacons dedicated to reflecting His glory – when we reverence our God in heart, soul, mind and spirit, and when we are open to His will, then will we experience His grace and power in our lives, then will we become increasingly still in His glorious presence as we bow in worship before Him.
Being still is not easy. The Christian who is humble of heart is closest to His Father. When we are close to someone, then we are more likely to know that someone; hence ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ (Psalm 46:10). Finally, here is a verse to leave with you that teaches us what the Lord requires of all those who profess His name: ‘He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?’ (Micah 6:8)