The three important words
Psalm 62:1(NASB) “My soul waits in silence for God only; …”
Within this simple declarative statement are three words that soothe my soul and provide a framework for my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They are: Wait, Silence and Only.
In our natural lives we often find it difficult to wait for anything. Everything from our morning oatmeal, to life-changing choices are made instantly; and sought-after information is available at the push of a button. By the time the groom and bride arrive at their reception, hundreds of photos from the ceremony are ready for sharing. If we are not careful; the spirit of instant gratification can creep into our spiritual walk. If God wants our attention He had better do something dramatic and do it quickly! No need for life long discipleship — a weekend retreat will do just fine. I will pray, but I am not going to “tarry” — that’s what the old-time saints did because they had nothing better to do and the internet had not been invented. Keep me entertained in the pew — but don’t ask me to “wait” on the Lord! Dear Jesus — forgive me for being in a hurry. My strength is not renewed because when You came to change my heart I had already left the altar. I am weary Lord because I have an agenda. My relationship with You is more like speed-dating than true worship. Teach me Lord — yes teach me Lord to wait.
Silence. Like nature abhors a vacuum; so do many believers abhor silence. If there is prolonged silence in a church service, we complain that it was lifeless and the Spirit didn’t move. In our culture it is common to see people wearing earbuds as they work, exercise, travel on public transportation, or just sit in the presence of other people. Many have become sound addicts, avoiding silence at all costs. We shop better with background music. We turn on the television to keep us company. We have the praise band play during altar time to get us in the mood to pray and believe. Little wonder we don’t hear from the Lord so much — He has to speak in the 3 to 7 seconds between songs on the CD or iTunes! There are times when it would be best to turn off the sounds of earth, in order to better hear the voice of my Heavenly Father.
Only. God only. Only Jesus can satisfy my soul. My life cannot be like a recipe: a cup full of God, a pinch of this, a little bit of that, a dab of my opinion, a teaspoon of human philosophy, and just a drop or two of natural reasoning. To live is Christ! I have eyes for Him alone. My heart pants for Him. He is my Light. He is my Joy. He is my Reward. He is my Journey. He is my Destination. In Christ alone I stand. I am a result of Calvary and the empty tomb — there is nothing else. In Him I live and move and have my being. Living like that keeps hell out of my life and heaven always in sight.
I wait in silence for Christ alone.
(“From the Pulpit” is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)