Discover His heart: He hears our silent confidence as we wait for His help
There are several ways to say something without speaking. A picture is worth a thousand words. A smile speaks volume. Body language says it all. The silent treatment can be deafening. I knew a little girl who, in response to her mother’s look of disapproval, would cry, “You’re yelling at me,” yet not a word had been spoken. And yes, as the old saying goes, silence can also be golden.
@ Psalm 62
“Truly my soul silently waits for God…” (1, NKJV) God hears our silent confidence with a volume that reverberates throughout heaven. It says, “My hope is in Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honor come from God alone.” (5-7) He wants us to pour out our hearts to Him (8) because it shows Him that we consider Him our refuge, our salvation, but even louder than our supplication, is our silent confidence that He is our hope. It says the trial is over before there is evidence of it. It says the victory is at hand regardless of the circumstance.
If a child still cries when in a parent’s arms, it’s saying its needs have not been met. If I’m resting in the arms of the Lord, but I still make much noise, I’m saying my needs have not been met, and perhaps I lack the confidence that they will be met. Yes, we are to “come boldly before the throne of God and make our petitions known,” and ask until we receive. Absolutely! However, there is a point in our asking, when the resolve comes to our souls, and we wait in confidence regarding our need.
The silent trust deep within our hearts becomes even louder than our words and says, “I will not be shaken.” We should not fear that in our silence our needs will be forgotten. He is the One holding us – how could He forget? And He faithfully places our needs on the hearts and minds of others when they pray.
David’s psalms touch our hearts because they are expressions straight from his heart. We see him as very human, walking through the struggles we face. The giants we slay may not be tangible giants like Goliath, but they are giants nonetheless. We have known betrayal from those we have trusted, and we understand struggles with temptation.
David set a pattern for us in most of his psalms: He states the obvious – the problem or the enemy he is facing – but then he turns his attention to the One he knows will help him. David came through unbelievable trials in his life by his hope and confident trust in God. “Let all that I am wait quietly before God…” (5). All, not just the part that God sees, not just what others see and not just in the mind, but also with our mouths. Sometimes we just need to let our silence do the talking. Shh…
Moving Forward: I will definitely turn up the volume today on my silence. May my silent confidence be deafening throughout heaven to where the angels must cover their ears.
Tomorrow @ Job 41-42 (The Finale!)