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Be Still For The Presence of The Lord Lyrics and Story Author: David J Evans

Story Behind "Be Still For The Presence of the Lord"

For me and many Christians I believe, Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord, ranks high among worship hymns of all time. It is a beautiful song with a clear and simple message.

It is a call for us to tune out everything and focus on the Lord. The Holy One is here and nothing else matters.

It is one of the most beloved modern hymns that are full of the teachings of the scripture. It reminds me of the tradition long gone where hymns were used as vehicles for spreading the teachings of the church.

The author of this hymn is David J Evans who wrote this song in the 1980s.

The inspiration for this hymn is the story of Jacob fleeing from his brother. While in the wilderness he had a dream where he saw angels going up and down a ladder to heaven. The old Testament says, " ‘then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.”

I have also read somewhere where it is said that this song is also based on Exodus 3: 1-6.

This is the story of Moses and the burning bush where the fire did not burn up the bush. This made Moses curious and as he approached the fire the Lord called him by name from the burning bush.

God told Moses not to come closer and to take off his sandals as he was standing on holy ground. At this Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God.

This hymn was used as a call to worship in one of the churches I used to attend and has been one of my favorite hymns ever since.

David J. Evans was born in 1957 in Dartford, Kent, United Kingdom. However, as a child, he grew up in Winchester and was educated at the University of Southampton. He still lives in the city of Southampton, United Kingdom.

He has written many songs but this one is the most popular by far. He leads in contemporary worship in churches and is also currently doing a Ph.D. researching into the psychology of music at the University of Southampton.

Be Still For The Presence of the Lord Lyrics

Below are the lyrics of this powerful call to worship. For links to other songs please visit Popular and Old Hymns History.

Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here;
Come bow before him now with reverence and fear:
In him no sin is found - we stand on holy ground.
Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy One, is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire, with splendor he is crowned:
How awesome is the sight - our radiant King of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord is shining all around. 

Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place;
He comes to cleanse and heal, to minister his grace -
No work too hard for him. In faith receive from him.
Be still, for the power of the Lord is moving in this place.

Find below a youtube video featuring this song, Be Still For The Presence of The Lord.



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