Psalm 62

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress;

                I shall never be shaken.

How long will you assail a person, will you batter your victim, all of you,

                as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?

Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.

They take pleasure in falsehood;

                they bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse.

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.

On God rests my deliverance and my honor;

                my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him;

                God is a refuge for us.

Those of low estate are but a breath, those of high estate are a delusion;             in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than a breath.

Put no confidence in extortion, and set no vain hopes on robbery;

                if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.

Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this:

                that power belongs to God,

                and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.

For you repay to all according to their work.

 

From Rev. Jayne Chafin, Pastor

First Christian Church, Ravenswood

I spend a great deal of my time alone – well unless you include the dog and two cats. And it’s seldom in silence. I have always had the TV or radio on “for company.” Some kind of noise around, maybe, in some way, to keep me engaged with the world around me. I don’t know.

Most of us are uncomfortable with silence, it seems, at least in the day-to-day, no matter what the reason for it is. Like those moments in a busy restaurant when suddenly the noise level drops and you feel like you’re shouting across the table, often inducing nervous laughter, the feeling that everyone’s looking at you, listening in on your conversation.   In leading moments of prayer, I was taught to listen during the silence and when the “rustling” starts, then you go on with the rest of the prayer. Don’t want people getting uncomfortable.

Here the Psalmist reminds us that there is much more to silence than just enduring it. God is in the silence! And I am reminded that my hope, my salvation, is from God. I will not be shaken, for God is with me. God is still speaking to us. And maybe God speaks once, but attuned ears may hear it twice – or even more, because power does indeed belong to God. Maybe once in awhile we need to step back and let God’s love and power envelop us. Enjoy the silence.

 

Speak to me now, O God, while I wait for you in silence. Amen.

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