Stillness is the absence of movement or sound. Stillness of inner being, although recommended by the Bible as a way to know God (Ps 46:10), is more difficult yet according to God's word it is a unique way of exalting Him.
Don't go another day without experiencing God through stillness. To help you on your journey we put together a list of the five most remarkably profound Bible verses you can learn to achieving a perfectly still mind before God.
1. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” ~ Psalm 46:10
God Commands Us To Be Still
The word "still" in this verse has many applications. It literally and figuratively means to slacken. In other words, it's time to let go, or loosen. This instruction implies that something is interfering in our relationship with God that we must let go, even for just a while. A single thought in the mind is an object between us and God. Thoughts draw attention, and when our attention is drawn, it is not on God.
Even a thought about God is a thought. Any thought we have about God can never reach the totality of who God truly is, therefore it is a limitation we set on God and can be an object of interference. Being still in the present moment without the movement of thought is how we taste and see the Lord. Long term and dedicated ponderance of God's word in another way, which can also still the mind but by the meditation of God's word.
Notice the insight presented to us in Psalm 46:10. If we are still, or slacken, we will know God and He will be exalted by nations of people. I personally believe this scripture will be fulfilled in the future. At the moment nations of people are not letting go of enough thought to know God to know God more fully which exalts His presence in us. Although ChristAudio is certainly at the forefront of the movement, I believe it will take the presence of Jesus Christ on the planet for nations to let go of the brain's chatter in favor of just being in God's presence.
2. "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake." ~ Psalm 23:1-3
God Can Lead Us To Stillness
The fastest, and quickest, way to stilling the mind is to give yourself to God. David the Psalmist stated that it is God who leads him to a place of stillness. The word "still" in this verse means "quietness" or a "resting place". It also represents a place where one is united with another for consolation, or restoration. This verse also highlights the fact that if we allow God to lead us to stillness we become restored, and scientists agree.
In 2011, the World Health Organization reported that noise pollution is a plague that affects how we think and feel. The report concluded that overwhelming scientific evidence shows that overexposure to music, TV, radio, podcasts and of course, and the nonstop multitude of environmental sounds is adversely affecting us from the inside.
In the landmark study titled The Restorative Benefits of Nature published by Stephen Kaplan from the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he demonstrates how the brain naturally restores its own cognitive skills when environment sounds are lowered. The study shows how the quiet stillness found walking in nature, lets the brain decrease its sensory guard, which helps it to release tension and strain. This gives the brain a chance to restore.
This comes as no surprise to the ChristAudio audience. We've presented hundreds of articles articulating how science continually proves God's word true, and this is no different. This is another case where scientists have observed the fascinating link between stillness and the natural healing of the brain. In Psalm 23 its states that the purpose of our restoration is so that we may live more perfectly and purely before God. A goal of many people today and well into the future.
3. "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!" ~ Psalm 37:7
Stillness Unifies Us With God
Here's one of the more interesting Bible verses about being still. The word "still" in verse means to be silent, still, to be dumb, or to be like dead. Let me translate, all thought must cease. Your mind must be as still and silent as a dead person's mind. Can scripture be clearer than that? We must be void of thought in our meditation before God. The mind must be silenced.
If you were surprised by that translation, the next one really have you thinking twice about your English Bible. The words "wait patiently" were translated from one word that means to "twist" or "whirl in circular motion", like in a dance. I know, you're probably scratching your head by now, so let me explain.
The term is used in a figurative way to mean that a person may twist or whirl spiritually due to fear or distress. Since this word is relating to being still before God we can assert that the spiritual movement of the soul is due to union with God.
So this Bible verse associates stillness to union, and along with the instruction comes a promise. The person who encounters God in stillness receives mercy, grace, and favor. So don't fret when the world seems against you. Instead, be still.
Here's the same principle, different verse.
He makes wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaks the bow, and cuts the spear in sunder; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. ~ Psalm 46:9-11
4. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." ~ John 14:27
Jesus Gives Us Stillness
How often do we receive peace, real inner peace? Not peace from the world, but spiritual peace from Jesus. Jesus states that inner turmoil and stress are forbidden if we are receiving peace from Him. If I ask 100 people if they truly feel the peaceful stillness of Jesus in heart and mind, less than 10 can sincerely say that their mind is still enough to experience the Prince of Peace. Yet Jesus is bountifully giving us His peace everyday, and very few have the mind to experience the Lord's gift.
Peace and stillness is a gift from God and it's dispensed by God through His Son, Jesus. Be still and receive His peace.
5. "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." ~ Isaiah 26:3
God's Stillness Changes You
This scripture presents a high level meditation tactic that provides us "perfect peace". Let's start with the word “mind”. The original word is synonymous with pliability and conception. Much like watching a potter create a masterpiece without a preconceived notion of what the final product should look like, the quiet mind can be molded and shaped by God into a masterpiece of higher purpose and infinite good.
Secondly, the word “steadfast” means to "lean upon", or "to be supported. ” This is by far a skill that can take a lifetime to master. Not lean one one's thoughts, notions, concepts, philosophies, or biases, but instead by God Himself can be purposefully cultivated with years of practice and it starts with the activity of our mind.
A mind cannot be pliable or supported by God unless thought during meditation ceases. Thought produced by our will is the opposite to pliability with God. Being still of heart, soul, and mind before God during meditation is how we become meek before God, and continual practice achieves steadfastness.
Ready to start your own Christian meditation for stillness? Here's 2 extremely simple, but practical, tips to get you started.
2 Remarkably Easy Methods To Practice Stillness
1. Be Still
Yes, I know it sounds silly, but that's the whole concept and the ultimate aim of your practice - be still.
Sit in a comfortable position, close your eyes, and be still. The first thing that's going to happen is that you will become aware of the thought in your mind. Let go. The next thing you're going to become aware of is the environment around you. You may hear sounds, detect odors or fragrances, or maybe you'll become aware of vibrations or frequencies. Ignore all those things and just be in the moment. Be still.
Next you'll probably become aware of your body, your breathing, your heartbeat, etc. Accept everything about your body as is, and just be in the moment. No thought, no worries, no concerns. Just be.
Within minutes it's going to feel as if you are existing in one eternal moment with God. You will feel as though time and space are eternal. Your mind will feel as though it has slowed down but is very much alive and aware. This is when you worship God with tremendous fear and love.
If you have a hard time with the process. Go back and start just by letting go and being in the moment without prejudices, thoughts, or feelings. Don't impose anything on God. Just be.
I know this sound ridiculously simple, but stillness is about minimal simplicity. It's about being, not doing. It's about stripping down to nothing so God can be everything, and that requires practice.
Sometimes many short meditations work the best. Try to be still in the present moment without thought for as long as you can. That may be 10 to 20 seconds. Once a thought comes to mind, stop. Open your eyes and reflect on how great it was to be still for those few seconds. Then go again, and again.
This method actually trains the mind to experience and enjoy stillness. Jointly you will experience more stillness from the accumulated time than if you try for 10 or 20 minutes. The more often your practice this technique the longer you will be a sustain peace in your mind.
Eventually, you'll be able to sit still in the present moment with Jesus for extended periods. (Matthew 6:34)
I hope this article inspires you to take up the practice of being still during meditation. The benefits are profound and long lasting both spiritually and physically.
Let us know what works for you. Go ahead share your thoughts below. God bless you. We're praying for you. see you in the kingdom.