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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Silence


Psalm 62:1,"...my soul waits in silence for God only,..."

Psalm 62:5, "My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him."

Silence means to be in a position or place where sound is suppressed, it can be a willing submission to refrain from speech, or an abstaining from complaint.

Psalm 4:4, " Be angry, and do not sin. Meditate within your heart on your bed, and be still."

The more you complain the longer God makes you live.

Psalm 46:10, "Be still, and know that I am God:..."

There is a silence being spoken of here that refers to the object of our worship as being worthy of all acceptance and His purposes being above the reproach of the vanities of man. Our submission to Him in silence is the expectation of God, as it reflects our trust in Him as the source of our salvation and the defender, author and finisher of our faith.

"Be silent always when you doubt your sense" A. Pope

Silence in Christian spiritual disciplines is a position of worship, seeking to achieve a deeper revelation of God, a meditative form of worship.

Lamentations 3:26, "It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the Lord."

There is an assumption that in silence you are in a more favourable position to listen. The spiritual discipline of lectio divina involves the reading and meditation on scripture in silence, in an anonymous book titled the 'Cloud of Unknowing' the author expounds the ways and the virtue of striving for a silence which allows God to speak into the heart.

Take a test, try to quiet your thoughts to such a degree that there are no longer any influences upon your mind. It requires an objective view to the working of your mind, you will realize in a very short time that your mind is never quiet. Just when you think you have no thoughts, that thought in itself is the thought that distracts. Sound confusing? The deeper things of the heart are the things we are most inept at understanding and applying.

"Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the finite." Carlyle

"Silence says more than words ever could." Jibo

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