As I’ve been reading through The Bible Project’s Read Scripture plan, I came across Psalm 37. It’s a long psalm that King David wrote, but the part that stuck out to me was these four commands near the beginning.
Trust in the Lord…
Take delight in the Lord…
Commit your way to the Lord…
Be still before the Lord…
I have struggled with each of these at different times in my life and I have focused on different ones at different times. This year I’ve begun reading through the Bible from start to finish and I’ve found myself concentrating on being still before the Lord.
Working with teenagers and church media tends to be fast paced and my nature pushes me to work hard with little thought as to the reason for my work. Reading several chapters of the Bible each day followed by a Psalm helps me slow down and be still.
I feel connected to God in the stillness. He calms my racing mind and lets me concentrate on what’s important: my relationship with Him (love God) and my relationship with people (love others).
Christmas is behind us and Easter is before us; we need to trust, delight, and commit to the Lord, but let’s also be mindful to slow down and be still before the Lord.
Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord
and wait patiently for him.