Scripture: Psalm 62
Key verses: (5-6)
For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
Reflection: David was in a tough place when he wrote this psalm. His life was in danger and he had to deal with people who had betrayed him. Hundreds of thoughts swirled in his head and yet he knew where to find strength and hope. David needed to stop, rest and find some quiet. David seeks times of silence because he hopes in God.
Rest is super important. True rest offers peace when we can step aside from the chaos of life. We all need some silence. Silence purposely removes our attraction to the chatter, noise and busyness. Silence invites us to put away our phones and shift our eyes away from the computer. In that silence, we can be intentional about listening to God and claiming the hope that we stand upon.
Rest in God. Find some silence. May our silence prepare us to hear not just our own thoughts but a word from God.
Prayer: Take a deep breath in and a long breath out. Follow your breath in and out. Notice your breath as it enters your body and as it leaves. Be aware. Be silent. Listen and find some quiet for 3 minutes. As thoughts enter, thank them and send them on and come back to your breath. The peace of Christ be with you.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[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].