quieting the soul

Of one thing I am certain: my soul has become calm, quiet, and contented in You. Like a weaned child resting upon his mother, I am quiet. My soul is like this weaned child.” (Psalm 131:2, VOICE).

Be still, my soul.

“Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come.  And know that the peace of God (a peace that is beyond any and all of our human understanding) will stand watch over your hearts and minds in Jesus, the Anointed One.” (Philippians 4:6-7, VOICE).

Be still, my soul.

“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].” (Isaiah 26:3, AMP).

Be still, my soul.

“Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely; never depend upon your own ideas and inventions. Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish, and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, VOICE).

Be still, my soul.

“David, too, was in anguish. Some of his men talked about stoning him because they were so bitter about their families being taken. But David took comfort in the Eternal One, his True God.” (1 Samuel 30:6, VOICE).

Be still, my soul. Know that He is God.

Midweek boost: Taking cues from my ABBA

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Monday Vitamins: Quiet my soul

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Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

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Reasons to Praise: Day 6 – Know

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A loved one’s pain that I could hear and sense although the conversation was occurring via telephone and thousands of miles separated us. A loved one’s pain was what brought this beloved Psalm to mind most recently. This Psalm that begins with some of the words I find most comforting in the Bible:

“God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah” (Psalm 46:1-3)

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Selah. Indeed. A good, good place to rest for a while.

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God is my refuge and strength. A very present help.  Not a I-am-coming-as-soon-as-I-can-help-but-a-right-there-right-now- when-you-need-Me-help. The Psalm continues to this verse that is another exhale-that-breath-you-were-not-even-aware-that-you-were-holding-moment, verse. The verse comes across as both a whisper but a firm command, “Be still and know that I am God” (verse13).

There is a knowing that can only come in being still. I chose to obey, Abba because I need the reminder of Who You are. I purpose to stop my striving and my efforts and do what You say because You never ask me to do anything that I cannot accomplish with Your help. I need to know Who You are because Who You are is all I need in every situation.

This post is number 6 in the series, “Reasons to Praise.” Joining Kate Motaung for 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.