2/16/09

Be Still and Know

How is your quiet time? I am ashamed to say that most days mine is non-existent. Oh I don’t mean that I don’t pray and I do have a bible reading plan ( see my blog post on goals) but I can’t say that I have been consistent lately with a daily QUIET time to be still and listen to Him. I’ve not taken the time to sit at His feet and drink from the Living Well.

Quiet time, for me, can include reading scripture. It can include praying. It could even include memorizing scripture. But there is something else. Something more. I do the above things. But they are not necessarily “quiet” and they are not necessarily “alone”. There is something wonderful about praying with someone else and memorizing scripture with others is helpful. I enjoy reading scripture with my family, but those things, while very good, are no substitute for going to the Father and spending some quiet- one on one- time with Him alone. Being still and knowing that He is and that is all that I need.

I think quiet time adds an element of private worship; of private commune of my soul seeking the Father ‘s face. Of pouring out of myself so that I can be filled with Him alone. When I feel tired, dragged down, discouraged, or even angry, when I am feeling overwhelmed, stressed and yes even afraid, then I can be sure that I have not been getting enough of that quiet time. Quiet time is opening myself up to receiving from the Lord. This is why quiet time is so much more than just praying or just reading scripture or just memorizing scripture. It’s surrendering myself to Him so that He can speak to me through His Word and minister to my soul as I pray. I can read scripture without surrendering myself. I can memorize scripture without hearing His voice whisper in my soul. To hear Him, I need to be still. I need to be quiet.

It doesn't have to be a certain length. It doesn't have to be at exactly the same time every day. In fact some days 5 minutes is sufficient, other days may need multiple rounds of "quiet time". But I know that I am too much like Martha and I do not have enough of Mary in me. I need more still time, more quiet time sitting at His feet.
"As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall Icome and appear before God?" Psalm 42:1-2

"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathens, I wil be exalted in the earth."
Psalm 46:10

"But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her." Luke 10: 42

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