The Sound Of Silence
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, O Lord, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me, the joy of Thy salvation and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51: 10-12
Just a short while ago I arrived home from an afternoon time of home fellowship here in Sturgis. We gathered at 4 pm for a meal, some songs and a time of open Spirit led sharing. The meal was a tasty combination of roast beef, hashbrown casserole, green beans and broccoli salad. After the meal we gathered in the living room, tuned our guitars, and sang from our hearts.
The last song we sang was Psalm 51: 10-12. After singing we sat in total silence, reflecting on the words of that familiar Psalm and recognizing our complete and utter need for a continuous renewal of our hearts, minds and spirits. This was not an awkward silence in any sense at all. It was deep, reflective and reverent. In short, we sat in awe of our Creator and Redeemer.
In all, I bet we sat there in silence for nearly a half an hour. Over the years we have learned to embrace these special times of silence. Because we have discovered that when we are quiet and still, Christ speaks very clearly and loudly. Eventually the silence was broken and we went on to discuss various prayer needs and a few other scriptures.
Embracing times of silence like this is not an easy thing to do. However, it is a huge mistake to think that during fellowship times we need to fill up any times of “dead air space”. Part of us seems to think that we need to avoid silent times altogether, and that all silence is just awkward and a lack of having anything important or Spiritual to share. Friends, nothing could be farther from the truth. There are most definitely times “To be still and know He is God.” It is immaturity that causes us to want to avoid “dead air.”
True Spiritual fellowship has nothing to do with putting on any type of a show. Shows need to avoid gaps of silence in order to maintain their flow, and to be entertaining and profitable. Modern “church” services rarely if ever allow any silence. They even play soft music in the background during times of prayer and seeking. I think the issue is control and those in charge may understand that they cannot be totally in control of the show during times of extended silence. Because “dead air” does not make for good television, radio, or “church”. I feel that perhaps they avoid times of silence because they know that, GASP, people might just think for themselves during those times. And heaven forbid that GOD might actually speak during their silence and interrupt their show.
About 16 years ago we hosted a time of fellowship in our home and one day the Spirit led us to be silent for over two hours. It was an amazing time of God speaking to all of us. Everyone was crying and even the infants and children were dead silent the whole time. To me that was a miracle and I tell you now that things that the Lord spoke to us during that time, in seed form, have now blossomed and grown within us to this very day. It is not often that Christ calls us to silence like that, but when He does we now understand that Jesus has a great purpose in it. Don’t be afraid of the quiet times…… Embrace them!
Kirk Out !
P.s. “Those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…”