Thursday, October 22, 2009

Be still before the Lord, Psalm 37

Psalm 37:1-7

Part I

Noli aemulari

Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; *
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.

For they shall soon wither like the grass, *
and like the green grass fade away.

Put your trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.

Take delight in the Lord, *
and he shall give you your heart's desire.

Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him, *
and he will bring it to pass.

He will make your righteousness as clear as the light*
and your just dealing as the noonday.

Be still before the Lord *
and wait patiently for him.

Arrrrg!  Again with the patience!  Clearly, these psalms keep coming back and smacking me on the head wiht the reminder that "being still" and "waiting patiently" is what we (I) must do more often.  After four weeks of reading Job in the Sunday lectionary and now these reminders about patience and waiting and silence, I suppose I need to listen.

But, it is hard to be patient, as I wrote last week. It is hard for me to be patient.  The world (and my heart and mind) tell me that I must act if something is going to happen, and then I also fall into the trap of thinking that things need to happen on my own timetable.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.  Hmmmm.  

And, really, this is a gift, the gift of waiting, of being still, of being silent.  Many of us can carve out some stillness, some waiting, and some silence in our days.  Perhaps I could shut off the car radio.  Perhaps I could stop on the way to work for 5 minutes and enjoy the view.  Perhaps I could take more time to sit and cultivate patience through meditation and prayer.  The "off" button is sometimes hard to find, but it is there for each of us, even in small moments.   And once we get used to pushing the "off" button, we may find that we experience God more fully alive in our lives.

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.
~Habakkuk 2:20

1 comment:

capohanka said...

My favorite way to be still before the Lord is to enjoy nature. I feel really close to Him and still when I am walking through the woods, or sitting on my back deck.