Silence & Prayer | A Meditation on Psalm 23

Silence is a rare commodity hard to come by.

We are flooded with noise. There is an endless stream of information, updates, and 'breaking news' shouting at us with a megaphone. 

Most of the time, we don't fight back. We just take what's thrown at us.

We veg out in front of the TV mindlessly attending to completely useless garbage. It becomes a way of life. What else do we do but embrace it?

Silence? Stillness? Quietness?

We're afraid of it. We don't know what to do with ourselves if we're not being stimulated and spoon-fed entertainment. Just the thought of silence makes us uncomfortable.


Silence has become synonymous with awkwardness.


We wince at silence. Ew!

It sounds painful.

To be honest, it's sad that many of us feel this way. 

We don't give ourselves time for silence and prayer because we're afraid of what might surface. We don't give ourselves time to heal. We distract ourselves from the real issues and avoid them at all costs. 

Silence and prayer bring those suppressed issues up to be dealt with. When we silence the outside world, we begin to see the chaos stirring in ourselves. We become aware of the confusion and disorder we are experiencing.

We are anxious, frustrated, and definitely impatient.

Is there a way to combat the excessive commotion in our lives?

Yes. King David gives us an expansive amount of prayers and songs for us to use. 

Here's one example from Psalm 23. 


The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

He refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.
— Psalm 23. A psalm of David.

EXERCISE

 First, read Psalm 23. Meditate on each paragraph and really think deeply about what it's saying. Then take 5 minutes to sit in silence before the LORD.

Turn your phone on silent. Set a timer on 5 minutes and have it countdown. Spend 5 minutes in silence, listening for God.

*It will be tempting to check your timer to see how long you have left but resist that urge. You'll be surprised how long 5 minutes feels when you spend it in silence.*

Today, let God lead you to quiet waters where He can restore your soul.