HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10).
Being quiet is, in some way, equivalent to keeping your mouth shut—not making your voice heard. But being silent is more about entering a sacred place within yourself, When you’re silent, an inner sanctuary opens up and your mind calms down and is freed from the endless cycle of thinking. Silence is the vehicle that takes us to the innermost center of our being, which is the place for all authentic practice.
- Is there any note of music in all the chorus as mighty as the emphatic pause?
- Is there any word in all the Psalter more eloquent than that one word, Selah (Pause)?
- Is there anything more thrilling and awful than the hush that comes before the bursting of the tempest and the strange quiet that seems to fall upon all nature before some preternatural phenomenon or convulsion?
- Is there anything that can touch our hearts as the power of stillness?
There is for the heart that will cease from itself, “the peace of God that passeth all understanding,” a “quietness and confidence” which is the source of all strength, a sweet peace “which nothing can offend,” a deep rest which the world can neither give nor take away. There is in the deepest center of the soul a chamber of peace where God dwells, and where, if we will only enter in and hush every other sound, we can hear His still, small voice.
There is in the swiftest wheel that revolves upon its axis a place in the very center, where there is no movement at all; and so in the busiest life there may be a place where we dwell alone with God, in eternal stillness, There is only one way to know God. “Be still, and know.” “God is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.”
“All-loving Father, sometimes we have walked under starless skies that dripped darkness like drenching rain. We despaired of starshine or moonlight or sunrise. The sullen blackness gloomed above us as if it would last forever. And out of the dark, there spoke no soothing voice to mend our broken hearts. We would gladly have welcomed some wild thunder peal to break the torturing stillness of that over-brooding night.
“But Thy winsome whisper of eternal love spoke more sweetly to our bruised and bleeding souls than any winds that breathe across Aeolian harps. It was Thy ‘still small voice’ that spoke to us. We were listening and we heard. We looked and saw Thy face radiant with the light of love. And when we heard Thy voice and saw Thy face, new life came back to us as life comes back to withered blooms that drink the summer rain.”
Oh, my brothers and sisters, we are living in the days of tumultuous times as we are faced with protest, loud music and in the churches, one wonders why all the musical noises. We sometimes forget that there is a voice we want to hear, that voice that spoke softly to Samuel, or that voice that spoke to Moses when he was standing on Holy ground. How about the voice that spoke to Abraham when he was about to sacrifice his son? May we find someplace of quietness where we can be alone until we hear that small voice. Hallelujah