BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#7 - "Be Still" by StorySide B
NRT columnist Kevin Davis continues his devotional series based on songs that have impacted his life.
 


ďBe StillĒ by StorySide B is my favorite song from the album We Are Not Alone and is one of my favorite Christian songs ever. The song is based on Psalm 46, verses 9-11:

He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire. "Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world." The Lord of Heavenís Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. (NLT)

Other songs that I really like based on this same passage of scripture are "Be Still" by Newsboys, "Be Still And Know" by Steven Curtis Chapman and "Peace Be Still" by Rush of Fools. This passage is such an encouraging reminder of Godís sovereignty and that He has been, is, and always will be with us. If God is with us, we can endure anything. I have spent time reflecting on and singing this song to God and it always gives me comfort. This song is a beautiful way to express our devotion and gives me hope and inspiration as one of Godís children ("But I still belong to You").

Bassist Ron McClelland from StorySide B points to the peace-evoking ballad, "Be Still," as a prime example of their spirit-opening music. "It meets people where they are. We've all gone through tough times when you wonder if God even hears you. But I don't think God is moved by us running around in circles and getting all upset. It's in those moments when you have to just settle yourself, to be still and know that He is God."

"We've already seen the impact that song has on a crowd," adds drummer, Jordan Mohilowski. "People begin worshipping and singing along the very first time that they hear it, closing their eyes and putting their hands in the air. I can really see it resonating in their lives."

Try doing nothing else except meditate on this song and the words below. I break down right when he gets to the line "and this world's so unforgiving, I've been feeling that way too" and goes to the chorus affirming that "we are not alone." As far as what is at the root of it, I am feeling a lot of societal pressure and struggling with loneliness (eating lunch by myself, etc.), isolation (nobody understands the pressure), questioning God's purpose for me (am I using God's "talents"?), but this song provides me comfort in that God says "be still and know I'm here".

Lyrics to "Be Still"

I remember all the times
The good times and the bad
I'm still holding on to You
Some days I wanna run
And times I come undone
But I still belong to You
That's how I know that

When I feel like caving in
My heart my soul is wearing thin
I just want to give up
Nothing seems at all to add up
Can you hear me Lord?
My face is down upon the floor
It's then You whisper in my ear
be still and know I'm here

I see a side of you my friend
The same struggles that I have
My heart goes out to you
I know itís hard to feel alone
And this world's so unforgiving
I've been feeling that way too
But I can tell you

Is that you?
Is this me
It's sometimes hard to believe that
I am not alone

It's not just you
And not just me
We all need to believe that
We are not alone


Wow, what an amazing prayer. During the season of Lent leading up to Easter this year, I listened to this song almost everyday. I find the lyrics "Can you hear me Lord? My face is down upon the floor, It's then You whisper in my ear be still and know I'm here" cause me to break down and submit to my Savior and Lord Jesus in thankfulness. Remember that God is with us "yesterday, today and forever" and "we are not alone."

For me, songs like "Be Still" provide opportunities for God to whisper to me my TRUE identity - not found in what I do or don't do, but in who I am - more importantly to whom I belong.

Listen to "Be Still" by clicking here.

Kevin Davis is a long time fan of Christian music as well as, movies, TV shows and multiple PodCasts. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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