Article: Beside the Still Waters

The child of God has a hunger that only the Word of God can truly satisfy, and a thirst that only the presence of God can quench. David described his own spiritual dehydration:

  • …Psalm 63:1  O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

        This old world leaves the child of God spiritually dried out and parched. We need still, cold, clean water. Following the Good Shepherd will lead us into the still waters of quiet communion with God.

        There is something wrong with the Christian who intentionally avoids God’s presence. Yet many professing Christians never darken the doorstep of a church; they do not read their Bibles privately; they do not spend quiet time in prayer; they do not want to be around God’s house, God’s people, God’s Word, or God’s men. There is something wrong with the sheep who avoids the Shepherd.

        Often, however, this departure from quiet communion time with God is not an intentional act but merely the result of neglect. We do not mean to drift away from God, but we are busy, busy, busy! And so the minutes of our days disappear in a flurry of activity and busy-ness, the days fly by, the weeks accumulate and the months compound until we are spiritually half-dead!

        Dehydration occurs when the body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. When more is going out than is coming in, the body cannot function properly. Dehydration can be mild, moderate, or severe. Symptoms may include lethargy, a lack of tears, confusion, dizziness, listlessness, and can even lead to seizures, coma or death. Certainly we see a great deal of lethargy among professing Christians, much confusion, apparent dizziness and listlessness, and a definite lack of tears. Some it seems are the victims of spiritual seizures, and some even seem to be spiritually comatose.

        “From the rush into the hush Jesus calls us,” wrote William Evans. “From the turbulent tumult into the quiet secret of His presence.” We need time beside the “still waters.” The Psalmist wrote:

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

        Do you spend time daily in God’s presence? Do you spend time in His Word, and then some quiet time in prayer or quiet communion with your Shepherd? We desperate need those quiet times as much as a sheep needs a daily supply of clean, cool, still water.

        We need to do as the old hymn says, and “Take Time To Be Holy:”

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

        Spend time in prayer. Have a prayer list. Bring your petition before the throne. Spend time in praise and thanksgiving. Spend time just talking to the Lord, laying out your problems, concerns, worries, and fears. The Lord is a wonderful Listener, and He can bear your burdens! Then, sometimes you should just be quiet before the Lord and give Him the opportunity to speak to your heart with His “still small voice.”

(Excerpted from THOU ART WITH ME. For a free download of a PDF of the book in its entirety, click here.)

About James Rasbeary

I am the pastor of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Wylie, Texas. Check out my blog at
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