“Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.”
Psalms 4:4 NASB
“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.”
Mark 1:35 NASB
These two passages make it clear that being still is important to God. Taking the time to nurture our relationship with God should have a priority in our lives.
The first passage mentions that even before we get out of bed, we are meditating on God’s Word and His ways. It says to be still and then the word Selah, which is a Hebrew word that most likely means “silence” or “rest”. In other words it’s most likely a musical direction that means “end the music and rest”.
The second passage I’ve included today speaks about Jesus’ taking time in the early morning to spend with Heavenly Father. He went to pray and seek fellowship. Rising early was part of His routine especially since during the day His popularity and being in high demand did not afford Him much alone time with God. So He took the time that everyone else was sleeping to spend it with God.
It’s not always easy to find the “rests” or secluded areas or times in our lives. However, they are necessary for us to stay connected in our fellowship and relationship with Christ. Setting aside time or even getting up earlier may be the only option for some, as was the case for Jesus.
Regardless of what you have to do, taking the time to be silent before God and developing your relationship with God is vitally important. It’s how you will know God, grow in God, show God and go with God. Psalm 46:10 is very clear about this: be still and know I am God.
Our intimacy with God and our fruitfulness for God will be directly affected by our stillness and connectedness. John 15 is clear about how we can do nothing apart from Him. Being still on a daily basis, getting time with God in quietness and solitude will affect you greatly and allow you to bear fruit that will remain.