Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
I wanted to share with you a few things I’ve learned over this past weekend about the impact music can have on our lives. Lately, I’ve been listening to the entire album called “Love Remains” by the Scott Family. Man, this family has been gifted musically by the Lord. Each song captures bits and pieces of Jesus’ love for us, and how He is the One we need at all times. There is a song on the album called “Be Still”, which portrays the act of waiting on the Lord and His promises. The lyrics to this song remind me of my own situation, especially when it talks about how He’s “moving mountains” and all I need to do is “be still, and know that You are God.” When all my hope is gone, I can lean on Jesus to help me and bring me into a place of rest-just by being still.
Being still can be so hard though, can’t it? It can literally be the most challenging thing we’ve ever had to do because we are so accustomed to doing things. We sometimes think to ourselves, “Well, if I don’t do it, how can I be sure that God will?” Listen, if God is in the midst of preparing us a home in Heaven, why should we doubt His ability to prepare us for things that are happening here on this earth? I often forget how He knows me better than I know myself, and therefore He has the right to do what He know’s is best for me. Perhaps, the Lord hides certain facts about the future from us because He knows that it would hinder us from relying on Him. Maybe, He wants us to develop a stronger faith by trusting that His way is better than our way. Could it be, that the Lord is preparing us for the next chapter of our lives by placing us in uncomfortable situations? He does this because He loves us, and wants to share a deep, solid and real relationship with us.
As I continued to listen to the song “Be Still”, I wondered to myself why is the Lord asking me to be still? I came to realize that by letting go and trusting Him gives Him full control of my life. Have you ever driven a car? Driving gives us a sense of freedom because we know we are in control of the vehicle. But what happens when we hit a bump in the road or a patch of black ice? Then what happens? Do we still have the same kind of “freedom” we had when we were in control, or do we panic and ask the Lord to take control? I don’t know about you, but there is something so freeing when we ask the Lord to take control of our situations because, at the end of the day, we don’t have the ability or strength to control our circumstances.
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory.
-2 Corinthians 3:17
We have to believe that the Lord is working behind the scenes and on our behalf. We have to trust Him, to know that He is God and to be still. Because if we don’t, we will become paralyzed by fear of the future and anxious about what is to come. We need to give our hearts to the Lord and to trust that He is making all things new (Isaiah 43:18).
What song has helped you in your former or present situation? What lyrics in specific have helped you overcome those thoughts of worry and doubt in God’s ability to do something? The Lord is so good, and He just wants our hearts. Sometimes, He captures our hearts through the powerful ministry of a song.