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A quiet heart

July 29, 2017

We are easily distracted and seem to enjoy it.

Screens cry out for our attention. TV. Theater. Advertising. Laptop. Phone. Kindle.

You rarely see someone out walking, running, or biking without some kind of noise plugged into their ears.

We pay lots of money to be distracted from every day life.

And then there’s the noise of every day life. Phone calls. Chattering children. The rumble of the motor. Music at the mall. Cheers at a game. Conversations with the neighbors.

Add to that the noise that goes on in heads all the time. Errands to run. Problems to solve. Crises to avoid. Guilt. Shame. Worry. Anxiety. Planning. Manipulating. Rehearsing.

All that noise is not bad in itself. We will always have distractions. We will always be thinking. Sounds will always be around us.

But so often we try to avoid silence. It’s scary. It’s lonely. It’s a waste of time. It’s boring.

In those times of anxiety and high stress. we need silence. Not just turning everything off and out, but silence to wait on God.

David wrote in Psalm 62,

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
    from him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken (vs 1-2 and 5-6).

And he was under a lot of stress. His enemies were attacking him, not in combat, but with lies, slander, false flattery, and accusations. They wanted to knock him down (vs 3-4).

It was during this time that David wrote, “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.”

He wasn’t planning his revenge. He wasn’t worried about the attacks. He was waiting in silence for God to act.

He had the confidence that he would not be greatly shaken. “Not greatly shaken” – some shaking would take place. It wasn’t going to be smooth sailing. It wasn’t going to be easy. But David knew that in the end, he would still be held firm in God’s hands.

So in the midst of the storm, he could wait silently on God. He knew God was going to act on his behalf. He didn’t know how, or when. But he was confident that it was going to happen.

So rather than distracting yourself from the issues around you today, take some time to be still before God and wait for Him to act.

Take time to quiet your heart.

His promises to David are the same promises for you.

 

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