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SILENCE…is golden! And, boy do I agree! But in this day and age, where do you find it? Some elevators are now equipped with televisions; every electronic device has multiple pings and sounds, as well as auto locking and unlocking. The ones with the horn sound always scare me as I think they are blowing at me to get out of the way. Have you been to a sporting event recently, especially a basketball game? Concerts are in my past for several decades. My ears just can’t handle it any more. Certain worship services are deafening. The blaring of radios and televisions in restaurants and even in our homes interrupt good conversation. My hero is the person who created the mute button!


When I was younger I used to have the radio on in my car continually; probably turned up too high as is the case with the rap enthusiasts that are sitting next to you at an intersection, and you can hear their music with all the windows rolled up. Now, in a search for quiet, my car is a sanctum of silence-for the most part. More and more I search for the times of silence that permit me to reflect, meditate and enjoy moments of an undisturbed and uncluttered mind. Early in the morning is the best part of the day for me to seek refuge from the busyness of the day.


The Psalmist knew this when he penned“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You” (Psa. 63:1a). Jesus sought those times daily with the Father.
“And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there”

(Mt. 14:23). And we see again the routine that Jesus practiced to be able to seek solitude.“Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed” (Mk. 1:35). Most of you have been to the mountains at least once in your lifetime. It is hard to imagine how silent these places can be. And even more so during Christ’s lifetime where there were no planes, automobiles or trains. Dead silence; except for maybe the sound of the wind. We are talking solitary!!


Let’s capture the significant words in these verses
–early; mountain; by Himself; alone; morning; before daylight; solitary place–


Why do you think these are significant? What happens in these places and at these times? No distractions, able to focus, meditate and listen! This is where we hear, really hear the Spirit speaking to us. It is not a coincidence that Jesus directs us to get alone. “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” (Mt. 6:6). So, we don’t have to go a great distance to find a mountain; we can secure our solitary, silent refuge in our home or place of work, even a car.


Back to where we began–silence is golden! When I think of ‘golden’, I envision great worth. What is more valuable than gold? It’s a treasure to be embraced and enjoyed. And it’s such a rich time for true worship. God made us to be silent before Him. I love the reaction to Peter’s message by the disciples and apostles when he shared his vision and encounter with the Spirit in Joppa.‘When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, “Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life”‘ (Acts 11:18). These men went silent-to glorify God! So should we!


Once again, the Psalmist beckons us.“Truly my soul silently waits for God; from Him comes my salvation” (62:1) And again;“My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him” (62:5). Salvation and expectation!  Do you pray with expectation? Better still, what are your expectations of God when you pray? Is it in line with God’s perfect and permissible will? Is it done in a silent, solitary place?


While we are encouraged to seek silence in our daily walk with the Lord, the Psalmist pleads with God to not be silent.Do not be silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O Lord! (83:1)“Do not be silent, O God of my praise” (109:1). We want to hear Him so we may know Him.“Be still, and know that I am God” (46:10a). Many times it is a whisper so the more silent we can be the better we can hear His voice. Elijah attested to that. He didn’t hear God in a great and strong wind, an earthquake or fire, but in a still small voice. God gave Elijah a revelation, but only through obedience as he stood still in the mouth of the cave and listened for the Lord to speak.


Like Elijah and the Psalmists, we don’t want to miss those specific revelations God has uniquely prepared for each of us. I can give personal testimony to this. DREM and Abiding Fathers were birthed during silent worship. I have found the best way to hear is silently through His word! How about you? SSSHHHHH!!!! Did you hear that?


Copyright 2014

Bill C. Dotson



Scripture taken from the New King James Version

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