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Get Quiet Before the Lord and Position Yourself to Hear Clearly From Him

Get quiet before the Lord. Have you ever heard that expression? What does it mean exactly?

The meaning of “quiet” in the Hebrew language paints several pictures. First, there is the picture of someone observing a scene as a spectator. Spectators are on the outside looking in. They are inactive in a sense because they are not physically involved in what is going on.

This definition makes me think of having to separate ourselves emotionally from a challenging circumstance. In order to get God’s clear instructions, we have to be willing to let go of our own thoughts and what the enemy might tell us.

I’ll be the first to admit it takes a fight to carry this out. Quieting our thoughts is probably one of the most difficult actions to take. But we can do it. We can decide to push a wrong thought from our mind and center on the Word of God.


“You’re going to lose.”


“The Lord always causes me to win!”

You might respond even while feeling like you’re going to lose! But all that matters is what the Word says. As you fight to line your thoughts up with the Word of God, you are consciously striving to get quiet before God.

To get quiet before God also means to be at peace and undisturbed as in not fearing evil. What is your first reaction to what you hear on the news? When someone of a different culture moves into your neighborhood? Are you immediately filled with fear?

What I love about Christianity is we always have the power to change. We NEVER have to lie down and take it. Let’s turn to God’s Word which is full of power, believe it, and meditate on it to get it down into our spirit. This is how we will find the strength to refuse fear and every other negative emotion.

To get quiet before the Lord involves waiting on God. Waiting in the Hebrew language is not a passive word. It does not mean doing nothing. It means only doing what God tells us to do. That means when our mind becomes filled with all sorts of neat ideas about a particular situation, we will not engage in those activities unless the Lord leads us to do so.  That is so hard for many of us. If a challenge is staring us in the face, our first response is “I gotta do something!” Going to God in prayer is the last thing on our mind. But that’s the only way we’ll find the true solution and not do something that will worsen the circumstance.

Rest in the lord and be still are other biblical phrases that speak of our need to get quiet before the Lord, which is an attitude of heart. It’s about trusting God, listening for His voice and focusing completely on Him in spite of feeling pressured. It’s about staying before Him until we understand what we need to do. 

Here are some verses on this important subject:

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass–Psalm 37:7

Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah–Psalm 4:4.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth–Psalm 46:10.








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