Scripture: Psalm 62
Key verse: (1) For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
Reflection: Silence can be uncomfortable. Silence can be awkward. Some of us avoid silence and we fill every place with sound. We turn on the TV just for the background noise. We keep the radio on in the car. In conversations, we jump to fill in the quiet gaps with chatter. Even when there is no noise, we avoid internal silence by reading emails, or scrolling through Facebook, or connecting with someone on Snapchat.
Repeatedly scripture teaches us that silence is a gift that can enable us to experience God’s presence. In today’s psalm, the writer waits for God’s presence in silence. It’s important enough that the same verse is repeated again in verse five. The writer doesn’t tell us how long the wait will be. The writer offers no glib promises and no magic formulas. (I can see the title of the book now “Five Silent Steps to God’s Salvation.”)
How might you find space for some silence in your day today? Maybe you can do that right now, turn away from the screen and just sit for a few moments. Maybe you can go on a walk without headphones on. Maybe you can sit in your favorite chair at home and close your eyes for two or three minutes. God is there with you in the silence. You might find yourself thinking of things that distract you or trouble you. Gently remind yourself of God’s presence. Your salvation comes from God, not from the noise of the world around you or the noise inside you. God is your rock and your salvation. God is your fortress and your refuge. Trust in God and pour out your heart to him.
Prayer: Quiet me, O Lord. Quiet my restless mind, quiet my anxious heart, quiet my striving activity. Meet me in the silence and give me an assurance of your presence with me. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].