Melody Newey subtitles her poem “Be Still” as a psalm, which is so interesting to me. I usually think of a psalm as a prayer (although, and I had not realized this before looking it up, psalms are supposed to be songs set to music): David praying for mercy (Psalm 57), or deliverance (Psalm 59), or proclaiming the Lord’s glory (Psalm 66). Go ahead and correct my Biblical scholarship if needed, but it seems to me that parts of Psalm 69, a Messianic psalm, are written from the Lord’s point of view. There’s also Nephi’s Psalm, 2 Nephi 4, another prayer.
But Melody Newey’s psalm is different: it’s written as the Lord speaking very personally to us, His prayer for us:
Come away from shouting daylight and
find me in the stillness of your afternoon;
your ordinary afternoon.
My afternoons are not so still. I try to be still in the morning: read my scriptures, maybe exercise, fill up that place in me that life seems to empty so quickly. But I love the idea of seeking stillness in the middle of the day, of restoring my soul in ordinary places and ordinary ways.
How do you find stillness in your ordinary afternoons? And, speculating a bit, if the Savior wrote another psalm for us, what else might it say?