Daily Dose, Aug. 8

  Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will -- to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the one he loves. (Ephesians 1:3-6)   When I was asked to contribute to the “Daily Doses,” I felt a little inadequate. I wondered what I had to offer that one of the pastors couldn’t present in a much more eloquent way. Someone suggested that I write about music and worship. I poured over several great books about worship, one of my favorite subjects. Then, in preparation for Sunday worship, I sat down to type the words to Steven Curtis Chapman’s classic song, Be Still and Know. It was the piece the choir was singing the following Sunday, and we usually post the words as the choir sings. It occurred to me that this text gives us wonderful guidelines for worship. In the preface before the song, Chapman writes that these words came to him as he tried to overcome his restlessness while on a 17-hour flight with his family. He was disappointed, because he thought that “once he left for this trip to South Africa that he would be at rest and feel God’s pleasure.” Instead, he was just as restless as he was in Franklin, Tennessee. God began to speak to his heart saying, “What you need is to still your heart, turn the noise off, and know that I am God” Isn’t that what we need to do each time we enter God’s house? And isn’t that what we need to do when we go to the Lord in prayer?

Be still and know that He is God. Be still and know that He is holy. Be still, O restless soul of mine. Bow before the Prince of Peace. Let the noise and clamor cease. Be still and know that He is faithful. Consider all that He has done. Stand in awe and be amazed And know that He will never change. Be still. Be speechless. Be still and know He is our Father. Come rest upon His breast. Listen to the rhythm of His unfailing heart of love; Beating for His little ones, Calling each of us to come. Be still.

O God, Father, Faithful, Holy One. May we learn to be still and focus on your tremendous majesty, your love for us, your many gifts to us, and be still. You and You alone are all we need. -- Barbara Holbrook, Director of Music Be Still and Know, copyright 1999 Sparrow Song/ Peach Hill Songs (BMI)