Psalm 62:5-6 “My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.”
Shhhh! Just be quiet! These are words you have heard me say over and over again. Children tend to be noisy. (Wouldn’t you agree?:-)) Many times over the years I have needed to reign in an escalating conversation and call for peace and quiet. Silence is often needed to be able to think straight.
While this is something that most parents need to do from time to time, did you know that we must also use this same tactic on ourselves? In this day and age we don’t like silence. We have learned to think with our eyes and our ears instead of our brain. We hardly go anywhere without a device secured to our person. It is the first thing we look at in the morning and the last thing we check at night. We watch the news and read other people’s views on it. We bombard our minds with movies portraying what we think life should be like. We play music to pump us up or calm us down. We surf the web for answers to our questions about anything and everything. This stimulation is a constant companion and shapes our understanding of the world. Why think for ourselves when there is someone else to do it for us?
Our values and morals are driven by society and cause many to end in a train wreck of consequences from bad decisions and faulty reasoning. Fear wraps cold fingers of dread around our hearts as we listen to what is occurring in the world. Hopelessness weighs down even the bravest of hearts. Round and round our mind goes like a merry-go-round off kilter until we must get off or collapse.
Many years ago David the Psalmist had much to fear. Throughout his life many sought to destroy him. At one point even his own son turned against him. But this godly king had found a way to calm his spirit. When anxious he spoke to himself and said, “My soul, Shhhh! Just be quiet!” Closing off all disturbing thoughts and distractions his mind was free to focus on the truth. His salvation was from God. In the silence, the rock and stronghold of his life comforted his heart so he would not be shaken amidst difficult circumstances.
In our world of constant conversation there are times when we also need to shut out all the noise. When distress fills your heart and causes your knees to shake in fear, or differing opinions spin you around til you are dizzy, just apply an ancient king’s remedy for anxiety. Say, “Self, Shhh! Just be quiet!” Find a place of solitude and leave your devices behind. Turn off every distraction and wait in silence for God’s voice to assure you of His presence and bring comfort to your soul.
By quieting your reeling thoughts your mind will have the silence it needs to think straight. Soon you will hear the voice of your Savior gently saying, “I am your rock and salvation. Put your hope in me.”