“Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease . . .”
Derek Maul
by Derek Maul
Published on May 25, 2022
Categories: Inspiration

“Drop thy still dews of quietness, till all our strivings cease…”

By Derek Maul


“Be still, and know that I am God…”

PSALM 46:10

 One of the routine activities I do with my dad at his assisted living residence is listening to hymns. It is one of those experiences where the wonder of Internet search technology still blows me away.

  • “What would you like to hear?” I ask.
  • “Heaven came down, and glory fills my soul,” he will respond.
  • “What choir?” I will say.
  • “London Emmanuel,” he will respond (he sang with them a few times back in the day).
  • And so I plug a few keywords into Google, or YouTube, and in a matter of seconds dad is listening – and I can usually find the right choir too.

The other day he selected “How Great Thou Art.” I found a recording from a London Billy Graham Crusade we had attended. I swear I could see myself singing, somewhere in the audience.

Yesterday I asked for his favorite hymn. “Dear Lord and Father,” he said. Then we listened together, some choir from Kings College singing their hearts out. The words grabbed me – “arrested me” is a better expression. I can’t think of a better post for today than to ask you to read them as a prayer.

Lord knows we all need this as a devotional guide. – DEREK

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,

Forgive our foolish ways!

Reclothe us in our rightful mind,

In purer lives Thy service find,

In deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard

Beside the Syrian sea

The gracious calling of the Lord,

Let us, like them, without a word

Rise up and follow Thee.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!

O calm of hills above,

Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee

The silence of eternity

Interpreted by love!

With that deep hush subduing all

Our words and works that drown

The tender whisper of Thy call,

As noiseless let Thy blessing fall

As fell Thy manna down.

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,

Till all our strivings cease;

Take from our souls the strain and stress,

And let our ordered lives confess

The beauty of Thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire

Thy coolness and Thy balm;

Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;

Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,

O still, small voice of calm.



Derek is a North Carolina-based writer, journalist, teacher and speaker. He is the author of numerous books on what the Bible reveals as essential in becoming a man of God.

He is convinced that his four grandchildren are exactly the hope and promise that this world needs. His conviction is important to understand because it reveals a lot about his theology, and how he believes our identity as God’s children plays out in the day-to-day experience of living in a world where darkness, disappointment, and defeat are all too common.

He is a committed encourager, and a pilgrim in progress. He divides his time between writing and traveling to speak about the fully engaged life. His passion is to connect people – men and women – with a more vibrant, authentic experience of what he calls “The Life-Charged Life.”

If you would like to read more, check out his author page at Amazon. Also check out his website and his daily blog.

Reading Between The Lines, With Derek Maul is published every Wednesday on Christian Grandfather Magazine.


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