Blog 06: Still Your Soul ~ God wants us to still our souls

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Still Your Soul

God wants us to still or quiet our souls. When we do, His peace reigns.

In Psalm 131:2 (AMP), David tells us he quieted his soul. “Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me [ceased from fretting.]” Here you get a mental picture of a hungry, fretting baby that is suddenly soothed by feeding on his mama’s milk; he is soothed, comforted, quieted.

Proverbs 16:32 (AMP), says “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his own spirit than he who takes a city.”

And Philippians 4:6 (AMP) reminds us to “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition [definite requests] with thanksgiving continue to make your wants known to God.”

Hebrews 12:2 reminds us to “keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (my paraphrase.) “Keeping our eyes on” implies keeping our hearts and mind on Him – looking to Him.

These verses, and many more, show that we have a part to play, an action to do, of stilling or quieting our heart and mind – our soul – and two big parts of that, or keys, are to put our trust in God and to keep Him “front and center” in our hearts.

God has a part, an action, as well. When we seek – sometimes even strive – to quiet our souls and put our trust in Him, He comes through! He gives us peace – His peace.

Philippines 4:7 (AMP) says “And God’s peace [be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding, shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

It goes on to say, in verse 8, “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and loveable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things – fix your minds on them.”

In conclusion, if we do our part of quieting our soul, putting our trust in God, and keeping Him first in our lives – meditating on Him; God will do His part of granting us His transcending peace. That peace which rises us above the negativity and chaos around us and which allows us to be peaceful, to fear not, and to walk boldly in faith. Resting in His peace is one key to being “seated in the heavenlies with Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6, my paraphrase.)

As David wrote in Psalm 46:20(a), may we “Be still and know that I am God.”

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