This stillness which the Psalmist refers to is waiting before God in his presence and listening to his voice for direction. The idea of being still can seem counterproductive when we aim to accomplish a goal. How does it make sense to wait and do nothing? “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
We gain strength from coming before God to pray and waiting in his presence. We sometimes rush to pick up the phone when we have a problem and Google is our main source of reference for many things. For many of us prayer is the last resort after we have exhausted every other option.
Meditation has developed an orientation to Eastern religions and the Christian Church does not always emphasize stillness and solace before God. We approach God in prayer with many words and an anxious heart and very often never listen. It is important to pour out our hearts to God and to bring our petitions to him. It is even more important to practice being still in his presence, waiting for his response and listening for his leading.
God speaks to Prophets, Pastors and ministers but he also speaks to anyone who will make themselves available to listen. When we daily practice coming before God in repentance, worship and prayer and practice waiting in his presence then he will reveal himself to us. “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
God is always speaking. Will you listen and can you hear his voice? His voice brings peace, comfort and assurance. Be still and listen for his leading.