THE SERVICE OF SILENCE

CONTEMPORARY FAITH
October 26, 2021
The Comforting God
November 7, 2021

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 4

When you can’t sleep, don’t count sheep. Talk to the Shepherd. How many of us have heard that?

Psalm 4 is known as an evening psalm due to the content and context. It helps us find the spiritual silence that we seek. In this psalm, when David is quiet, his mind goes to work. He rejoiced because of God’s protection and peace.

Psalm 4:1 ” Answer me when I pray to you, my God who does what is right. Make things easier for me when I am in trouble. Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.” David looks back on his troubles which, at the time, seem unbearable. His troubles have left him a better man with a richer soul, finer faith, and peace.
Psalm 4:6-8 “Many people will ask, ‘Who will give us anything good?’ Lord, be kind to us. But you have made me very happy, happier than they are, even with all their grain and new wine. I go to bed and sleep in peace, because, Lord, only you keep me safe.”

Silence can be the symbol of our own constitution! What we stand for! When Jesus hung on the cross, how did he reply to cruel taunts? His silence was so noble and noteworthy. His silence was powerful! When it came to the day of the crucifixion, Jesus was strangely quiet before his accusers. Why on this day was Jesus silent? Why didn’t he try to defend himself to the high priest? If He had spoken a truthful defense, He could have avoided the misery and suffering that was about to occur. “Yet he did not open His mouth.” Why you might ask? As shocking as it might seem, Jesus was silent so that He would be crucified. He came into this world to be our substitute savior. Jesus went silently through the trials, beatings, scourging, and crucifixion so that he would fulfill the Old Testament prophecies. He used His silence so that we would be saved!

Let no one think that silence is useless or a symbol of weakness. Give it a larger, more meaningful place in your soul. Silence allows us to hear what God has to say to us. Whatever you do, don’t treat Jesus with such disregard that he is silent in your life. Jesus is always working for you. You just need to spend more time being silent so you can hear his word and let it direct your life.