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“Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act.”
Psalm 37:7a (NLT)
I’m usually a King James Version fan because while it’s not perfect, it seems to take fewer liberties with interpretation than a lot of the new versions do. However, my uncle read Psalm 37 in the New Living Translation during devotions one morning while we were on vacation this past week, and this verse really jumped out at me. In the King James Version the verse reads, “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him.” Very similar, but the NLT brought out a few nuances that I liked.
Be still…stop your clamor, your busy thoughts, your constant scrambling to fix things
Wait patiently for him to act…just give it up, you can’t do it yourself, it has to happen on His schedule or it won’t be right
Can you tell I’m still thinking about my computer that has been out of commission for two weeks now? And somehow this verse ties into the whole surrender thing. Again. I’m obviously still in need of some training in this department, but thanks to God’s continual schooling, I’m feeling progress.
I hope that verse blesses you as much as it did me. I encourage you to read the rest of the chapter in the NLT as well; there are some really neat, practical phrases spread throughout the chapter (you can read it here).
The verse reminded me of a song I was listening to the other day: “Be Still My Soul”. I was listening to it on this CD by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. “Peace Like a River” is a great CD, by the way. It has a whole slew of my favorite songs on it, including a lot of beautiful pieces by John Rutter (one of my all-time fave choral composers). Anyway, I couldn’t find a copy of the song on YouTube, so I’m linking to a version by Libera instead. The lyrics are below; they’re very powerful:
Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side;
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul; thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence, let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.
Be still, my soul, though dearest friends depart
And all is darkened in the vale of tears;
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrows and thy fears.
Be still, my soul; thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.
Be still, my soul; the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.