My tongue should be covered with scars. From all the times I bit it, keeping quiet. Now you know why it’s scar-free! Wish I knew better how to keep silence! David pens in Psalm 62–‘For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from Him'(v.5).
Haven’t you wondered how Jesus kept His silence at trials before His crucifixion? Sometimes, not a word. Why? What’s going on? Something for me to learn?
When I think of silence, I think of how we may treat other people. The silent treatment, it’s called. A form of punishment. Or someone may keep quiet because they didn’t hear you, possibly ignoring what you’re saying. A neglectful punishment. Not what’s mentioned here in Psalm 62.
David faces many challenges. Enemies. Attacks. He seeks to remain silent so he can lean hard on God. Like a ‘tottering fence’, he says(v.3). By shutting his mouth, his mind can open to the strength he knows is in God alone. His rock, his salvation, ‘my fortress'(v.2). Keeping quiet focuses our hearts on trusting the power and love, a perfect union, found in God(vs.11-12).
Here’s a challenge for today. For you…and me. Be quiet. Calm down. Lower the volume on the noise level of your life. As best you can. I know how difficult this can be. It must be possible. The psalmist says so. It’s in the Bible. Jesus practiced it. If I can, you can. We’ll find strength and trust. A place to stand… next to the Lord. Where better? None that I know of. Silence is golden, it’s said. Let’s mine some today!
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that in the most noisy times we can experience your peace and quiet. In Jesus’ name. Amen.