This month our contributors are sharing their favorite Bible verses.
One day I was reading my Bible, and I came across a verse that sounded very familiar:
Be still, and know that I am God.
Not familiar like, oh, I have read this passage before, but familiar like I’ve heard it outside church and its community. And then I realized that I recognized it from one of my favorite songs, “Be Still” by The Fray. After that, the verse really stuck with me.
I like the verse because it gets to the point: to be still for a moment and know that God is with you. I found this verse at a point in my life when everything was chaotic and felt like it was all out of place. But with this verse, I felt like the world around me could stop for a second and I could just relax (which is all I wanted to do with my busy school schedule), knowing that God had my back.
When I started to write this blog, I researched the song because I was curious to see what the meaning of the song was. For most Christian music, the meaning of the song is typically clear, but since this was a secular song, I wanted to figure how to connect it. It was written as a lullaby for the lead vocalist’s younger brother when he couldn’t go to sleep at night. He said that when he was writing it, “it felt like [he] downloaded it from somewhere” and that the “lyrics and melody just fell into place” (Westword).
One of the many things I love about music is that it can be comprehended by different people and they can get two very different things from it. And I believe that all music, in some way, even secular, could be understood to be about God or Jesus. As for this song, I think it could be perceived as a song that God could sing to his children, like in the psalm.
Written by Sarah
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