Just Be Still
Read Psalm 46
Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10a NKJV)
Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus!
Steal away, steal away home,
I ain’t got long to stay here.
Have you ever felt that you were going in circles? Are you suffering from stress and anxiety? Do you even stop and take time to relax and appreciate your loved ones? Are you plagued with trying to make a certain situation work in your favor, but the more you try the more misunderstood you become? Well, maybe it’s time to be still.
“Steal Away” is one of my favorite spirituals, especially the arrangement by Dr. Matthew Kennedy, my piano instructor and director of the Jubilee Singers at Fisk. Like many spirituals, this one also had a dual meaning. The coded meaning in this song was a call for the slaves to secretly meet to plan their escape or to share information. The spiritual meaning reflected the slaves’ deep longing and expectation to live eternally with Jesus. Many had come to the resolve that even if they personally never came out of slavery, their only fight was to stay in relationship with Jesus Christ their Savior.