“Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him.” – Psalm 37:7
When was the last time that you were silent before the Lord?
In our society, we are driven to have noise in some form of the other throughout our day; from the radio or iPod at our desk while we work, the TV on while we eat dinner, to our music while we study and read. Our society has even devised miniature devices that aid us in never being without our music or favorite podcast. As a result, we find silence unsettling; often putting us on edge, or to sleep.
Therefore, when we read a verse such as Psalm 37:7, we brush over it and think nothing more of it. “David just didn’t have the technology we have today, so he didn’t understand” may be our mindset when it comes to it. However, I think this misses what David was saying. Afterall, he was King; silence was not the easiest thing to come by for him. (Think of our President’s job for an insight) That is what makes this statement so interesting to me. Here is undoubtedly one of the busiest men in the known world and he is encouraging others to be silent in their time with the Lord.
Ponder this for a second.
What does your quiet time consist of? Do you find yourself talking the whole time you are praying? Do you ever wait patiently to hear from Him? My guess is that you are like me, and you do talk the entire prayer and very little time is spent in silence (if any at all) meditating on Scripture or waiting for the Lord’s reply. We fill our quiet time with our favorite Christian music, our thoughts, our words, our prayers, without any consideration to what the Lord says, let alone taking the time to allow Him to speak.
Sure it would be easy if he always spoke in a loud, attention-getting way, but this is not always how our Lord works. The problem in expecting the Lord to always speak in a way that grabs our attention is that is removes our responsibility to listen to our Master. It entails that we just go about our merry way, doing our own thing and every once in a while turn his direction when he grabs our attention. What a tragic way to handle our relationship with our Creator and Savior!
Perhaps, further still, it is not a matter of forgetting to listen but more of a refusal to listen. Is it that you don’t want to hear what He is going to say, because you know what He is going to say? In this case, don’t pray for more light, pray for more obedience! Some of you have known for years what He would or is calling you to, yet you try to silence Him believing that this removes culpability from you. Do not be foolish! Trying to silence the Lord will not work (if for no other reason than that He cannot be silenced), considering you are trying to mute what you have already heard. You know what He wills, yet you refuse to acknowledge that He has called you to it. Delay no longer, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday.” (Ps 37:5-6)
I think it would do us well to learn how to be silent before the Lord; meaning, no music, no phones, and no talking on our part (physically, or in our head). Read a text of Scripture and simply pause in order that your soul may be quieted and the still small voice of the Lord may be heard. We need more Christians who are humble enough to shut their mouths and allow the Lord to speak! The object of prayer and scripture reading is not for our opinions and plans to be confirmed but to conform our opinions and plans to His opinions and plans. However, this cannot be done if you never give time to learn what His opinions and plans are.
Therefore, be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him. Trust Him, He will act.