My soul waits in silence for God only;
From Him is my salvation.
Have you been in a surgery waiting room lately? I was in one recently amongst a number of people waiting for their appointments in silence. Mind you nowadays the silence is often broken by a communal tv or radio, which I must confess I find annoyingly intrusive. Indeed finding silence in our world can be very difficult, right now I can hear the rhythmic hum and rumble of the washing machine in the kitchen. In the garden earlier the silence was broken frequently by doors slamming and cars in the neighbourhood. “Oh Lord, just give some peace and quiet please!” I often pray.
Sometimes I find time to take a drive to a woodland carpark at the top of our hill to find some silence. Yes there are twittering of birds and buzzing of insects, but they are as our Creator intended, to soothe our soul. Considering all the drama and strife in David’s life, it is reassuring that he too felt the need to seek God in silence. He could have been forgiven for having a good cry, but he chose silence before Almighty God. The silence practiced here is not an empty vacuum of nothingness; it is dûmîyâh in Hebrew – a quiet waiting, a rest. It is an expectant waiting in hope of a compassionate God. In Him alone is our salvation found; that being deliverance from and victory over trials.
Dear reader, where is your quiet place with God? That place where you can escape from others, technology and traffic. In Him alone is our salvation, both daily and eternally. He will bless you as you seek Him brethren.
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