Ps 37 – “Quiet down before GOD, be prayerful before him. Don’t bother with those who climb the ladder, who elbow their way to the top.”
A still soul is a rare delight. So many of us yearn for it. When we experience it, we know we have walked right up to the Holy of Holies. When we see it in someone else, we are attracted like bees to honey.
Some of the chaos of our lives comes from beyond us — circumstances we cannot control; events that surprise us; experiences foisted upon us. But much of our inner turmoil comes from personal striving. We throw ourselves into a swirling river of ambition and competition that keeps us awake at night and harried during the day.
“Quiet down,” says the Psalmist.
It’s hard to do so. A quiet life might be an unnoticed life. To quiet down might require some real changes to our lifestyle. It cannot be scheduled for thirty minutes between other events, from time to time.
The soul seeks solace in silence. And in a noisy world, where every moment is filled with words, music, train whistles, car engines, and Siri, silence feels strange.
“Quiet down before GOD,” says the Psalmist.
It’s not just silence with emptiness, but silence with purpose; silence and stillness that steers us to Christ; silence that eases into prayerfulness.
This weekend might offer some great opportunities to rest and recuperate from the demands of the work-week. But our souls need even more. We need, at the deepest level, a restoration of spirit that comes from stillness before GOD and attentiveness to His Spirit. Perhaps today, this tenth fast day of Lent, will be such a day.
Breath Prayer for Today: “Be still my soul, before God.”