Waiting in Silence

I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will not be greatly shaken. How long will you threaten a man? Will all of you attack as if he were a leaning wall or a tottering stone fence? They only plan to bring him down from his high position. They take pleasure in lying; they bless with their mouths, but they curse inwardly (Psalm 62:1-4).

David’s life wasn’t a bed of roses. He faced an inordinate amount of adversity. He learned, however, to be still under stress—to rest in the Lord.

Rests in music are crucial. A musical rest is a sign that, for a specified time, the music ceases. Contrasts in the arts are highly significant; hence, rests are often as important as the notes. Intervals of silence between tones enhance the beauty and texture of the music. So, also, in life!

The psalmist’s calm security and implacable stability come from God. David perceives his Lord as his Rock, his Salvation, his impregnable Fortress. Therefore, he cannot be moved or distracted by the taunts of the wicked.

His enemies, of course, see him in a different light. They view him as vulnerable—“a leaning wall,” “a tottering stone fence” (v. 3). Shouting curses and lies, they will attempt to topple David from his lofty position.

Unbelievable strength is drawn, however, in rest—waiting in silence which implies utter trust that the rope will hold, the fortress will stand, the walls won’t cave in. No only does salvation come from God, but he gives me those still moments when I gain strength for the battle.

Personal Prayer

O God, I thank you for intervals of silence when, if my soul really listens, I can hear, not the mockery of the world, but your still, small voice.

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