For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. Psalm 62:5
Nothing anyone else says matters. No other opinion makes any difference. Only Jesus. Only the words of my Father to me. I must silence all other voices and wait on my Father’s words. What does He say? What is His plan? What are His words for me? Father, You are my only hope.
I wait in silence.
In the original Greek, silence transliterates as damam. This word and its parts are rich with meaning. First, there is a connection between waiting and silence. I appreciate this portion of the definition. While we are waiting for God to act (Thy will be done) we rest and wait in silence because we trust Him. We silence the voices of others, we silence our voice of doubt and fear and we silence the voice of the enemy.
What does God say in the silence?
Despit our circumstances, our experiences, or our fear, what does God say? Speak His word into your heart and rest and wait in silence for Him.
Damam also contains an element of the miraculous. In your silent trusting and waiting, God is working something astonishing for you. You will be amazed with Him.
Utterly undone by silence.
The root word of damam is dama, which means to be utterly undone, “a prophet at sight of Yaweh” (BDB, 2002). God will meet with you in your quiet watchful waiting. Nothing the world offers can begin to compare. Father, during this season of silence, we silence all other voices and ask to be utterly undone by your Holy Presence. Amen.
Week 1 Journal Activities
- This week we will be learning more about the spiritual discipline of silence. How do you go about cultivating silence in your quiet time? Here’s one suggestion: Let’s use our theme Bible verse for this week, Psalm 62:5, and make it into a breath prayer. For example, inhale and say “I wait in silence for you, Lord” then exhale and say “for my hope comes from you.” Do this several times until you feel calm and quiet.
- Now wait. Listen for how the Holy Spirit is speaking to you. He may pop a certain scripture into your mind, a word, a thought, a theme, or insight about a problem you are facing. Write what you are hearing in your journal. How do you know this is God’s voice? First, what you are hearing from God will never violate scripture. Next, look for God to confirm it in other ways, from other sources.
- Feel free to share any thoughts/insights/questions in the comments. We’d love to hear what’s on your mind.