Tell Your Spirit to Shut Up

But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me (Ps. 131:2).

Go back. Read that passage again.

Who did the psalmist say was responsible for calming and quieting his soul?

“But I have calmed and quieted my soul.”

No one did it for him. If the writer of this passage was going to get calm and quiet before the Lord, he had to do whatever it took to get still.

I am often troubled by how many young women I encounter who have little or no time set aside for quiet prayer and Bible study. To be honest, I struggle to make time to be quiet with the Lord, too. As I read the psalmist’s words, I wonder if too many of us are waiting for someone else to carve out quiet time for us. We want someone to say to us, “You seem stressed. Your life looks busy. Let me clear your calendar so you can read your Bible and pray.”

That doesn’t happen in my world. My guess is that it doesn’t happen in yours either. Carving out regular time to be in God’s presence is hard. There are always things to do, people to interact with, and responsibilities tugging at our attention. So what’s the payoff for taking regular time to be quiet with the Lord?

If we keep reading Psalm 131 we find the simple, life-changing answer.

O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore (Ps. 131:3).

In one verse the writer talks about how he forces his soul to get quiet. In the very next verse he declares that God is his source of hope. He wants everyone to know it and everyone to put their hope in God, too.

Here’s the simple truth.

When we force our spirits to get quiet, we will discover over and over and over again that God is our source of hope. When we keep running to other things for satisfaction (to-do lists, good grades, busyness, iStuff), we will find our deepest needs unmet.

I likely don’t have to tell you that December can be an especially hectic month. There are parties to attend, programs to perform in, parties to go to, and gifts to buy. But what a tragedy it would be for any of us to miss out on time with the God whose birth we celebrate because we refuse to take the time to get quiet.

We’ll be visiting every character of the Christmas story together on this blog this month. My goal is for us to arrive in the manger together with soft hearts and renewed wonder for all that Christ’s arrival means.

But you’ve got to do your part.

You’ve got to tell your spirit to shut up. Get quiet. Tell the to-do list to take a chill pill. Be still before God. Read and re-read the Christmas story (found in Matthew 1–2 and Luke 1–2).

No one is going to do it for you. The people in your world are going to ask for more and more of you and your time. But we all need reminded that our hope is in the Lord. That reminder will always come when we follow the psalmist’s example.

“But I have calmed and quieted my soul.”

What can you do to calm and quiet your soul this week?
How can you make sure you have time to be with the Lord during the busy month ahead?

About Author


Erin is passionate about pointing young women toward God's Truth. She is the author of several books and a frequent speaker and blogger to women of all ages. Erin lives on a small farm in the midwest with her husband and kids. When she's not writing, you can find her herding goats, chickens, and children.

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