4 Ways to Quiet Your Spirit

stop. look. listen.

Quiet Your Spirit.

The engineer sounded his whistle long and LOUD at the little guy watching beside the tracks. It was loud. The ground rumbled under us as the black train engine roared past. I held Brayden’s hand to keep him safe, but I wanted to put both hands over my ears. Brayden loves trains. And I love Brayden.

But noise isn’t just at railroad crossings…it’s everywhere. Loud radios. Screaming sirens. Angry voices. Crying babies. Phones demanding our attention. Email alerts screaming to be read. Social Media nags us to peek. Work drives us. And that’s just the outer noise.

stop. look. listen.Noise

  • …we celebrate with it.
  • …we express ourselves with it.
  • …we are warned by it.
  • BUT…
  • Noise
  • …drains us.
  • …stresses us.

 

And inner noise can be even louder.

Decisions.

Problems.

Fears.

Shame.

Anger.

We need quiet!

Really? Quiet?

You better believe it.

We all need quiet time.

Babies.

Children.

Youth.

Adults.

Older adults.

Noise seems to be everywhere. So we need to be deliberate about finding quiet time.

King David lived and reigned in a quieter, rural culture of sheep and pastures, but he realized the need to quiet his spirit.

But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Psalms 131:2

Benefits of Quieting Your Spirit

Peace

Restfulness

Strength

Joy

You position yourself to hear God.

I love this verse. It reminds me of a father rocking, singing and quieting his baby in his arms.

jason holding baby keira

 

The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.  Zephaniah 3:17 ESV

 

Here’s the verse in another version.

For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” NLT

Mighty God? Absolutely!

Living with me?

Taking delight in me?

Calming me with His love?

Singing over me?

What a beautiful picture of God! One we don’t pause often enough to experience.

I’ve experienced times like that. Times so precious I didn’t want to move…so I didn’t.

There are all kinds of prayers, with all kinds of names.

We know how to ask for things, but we need to know how to just enjoy His presence too.

Quiet times can be hard to find.

So deliberately make them. It might mean getting up early.

So let’s go back to the train crossing. There are some principles there that we can learn.  Stop! Look! Listen!

Stop.

Get still.

“Be still, and know that I am God!…” Psalms 46:10

Unplug

Turn off the TV, phone and close the computer. You don’t have to take a long time. But you need to take some time.

Look!

Worship

Quietly say His Name.

Worship Jesus aloud, but quietly.

Don’t focus on the words. Focus on Jesus.

Allow the expression of that love flow to from your heart.

I will shout for joy and sing your praises, for you have ransomed me. Psalms 71:23 NLT

Music can be helpful. Sing a song to Jesus. If you play an instrument, play quietly. Again, don’t focus on playing the song or the song itself. Just focus on Jesus.

Listen

While you rest in His presence, don’t be afraid of the quietness.

Don’t strain to listen. Just relax in His presence.

You mind will wander (or at least mine does), but just gently bring it back with worship.

Read a verse or two of scripture and think about it.

OK. I promised 4 ways.

And number four is “Make it a lifestyle.

Keep doing it. Let quiet worship be a part of your worship to God.

Yes, praise God with excitement.

  • Clapping.
  • Dancing.
  • Loud singing.
  • But don’t miss the quiet worship either. It brings healing.

Remember:

It doesn’t have to be long to be effective.

It will get easier the more you do it.