Worship in Silence

When I can’t find the words

Some days, the words don’t come.  They refuse to travel the path from my mind to my fingertips spilling onto the keyboard and into the page.  

No words bubble over like the release of a shaken soda.  Instead, they are the sludge of unstirred sugar crusted to the bottom of the sweet tea pitcher; they just sit there refusing to blend in or pour out.  

I would be willing to bet you a rock that I am not the only writer who feels this from time to time.  I know how to keep time with the cursor on the page as it blinks steadily laughing in my face and taunting me with its monotonous rhythm.

Tempted to throw it away and push past the silence, I yield to His presence as He takes over. Click To Tweet

Silence lulls me as the music sings.  The words of the songs float through the air, into my ears, and take residence in my heart.

“And I will sing of all you’ve done, and I will remember how far you have carried me.  You are faithful to the end.  I will worship you.  Surely your goodness and mercy will follow me.  There won’t be a day that you’re not by my side, and there won’t be a day that you let me fall.  In all of my life, Your love has been true.  With all of my life, I will worship you.  I worship you, Jesus.”  Faithful To The End, Bethel Music

The reality of still dawns

In this moment, I realize I am still in the presence of the Lord.  The praise to Him engulfs me as I watch the cursor on my blank page pulse.  The words of His Majesty echo through the hollow halls of my empty mind that cannot form a thought to save my life.  Tempted to throw it away and push past the silence, I yield to His presence as He takes over.

Habakkuk 2-20

“Just be still and know that I am God.”  He beckons.  “Let your words fall quiet and rest in me.”  And so I do.  I let the peace fall where it may in my solitary act of worship.

In the quiet stillness with which He has so graciously gifted me, I beg His presence to fall all around me.  This is my act of worship.  With my silent stillness, I offer Him my undivided attention.  No words spoken, no words needed.

With my silent stillness, I offer Him my undivided attention. No words spoken, no words needed. Click To Tweet

Tonight is the season of still

I realize these moments are far and few between in this overpacked world.  Even living alone in the woods, the silence is not as frequent as it need be.

Something could and does demand our attention nearly every second our eyes are open.

psalm 46-10

Just stop!

“Be still” He begs us, “Be still and know I am God.”  Let the white space of a blank page draw you into His presence.

Sit!

Let His peace fall as your praise of quiet ascends towards Heaven.  Enter into His presence with a silent heart void of stuff and things.  Allow Him to form the words of your heart and renew your mind.

Worship Him with your undivided attention!

 

“Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness; tremble before him all the earth.” Psalm 96:9

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Author: MariJo

Sitting in the passenger’s seat of life watching this nation roll by. Saved by grace, living on faith!

28 thoughts on “Worship in Silence”

  1. I am well-acquainted with the blinking cursor. It is especially frustrating on days when I have limited time to write. Why can’t inspiration strike as scheduled?!? Your words, however, offered a new approach. As you said, “In the quiet stillness with which He has so graciously gifted me, I beg His presence to fall all around me.” I pray that, with God’s grace, I will recognize, appreciate, and embrace those moments with the blinking cursor not as punishments but as gifts. Thank you for sharing this wisdom!

  2. MariJo, I just loved this: “The words of His Majesty echo through the hollow halls of my empty mind that cannot form a thought to save my life.” Oh, I so feel like this sometimes. But if we can never form another decent sentence, we know God’s majesty is never ending, full of truth and righteousness and beauty.
    Thank you for getting the words out here, friend.

    1. Thanks MariJo, silence is sweet, and why I love prayer-journaling. I was silent this morning- my eyes were on my puppy recovering from surgery- and keeping him from scratching. There are so many good thoughts here. I love your expression of them.

  3. This message about silence has certainly been coming through loud and clear lately! God has, through my not-silence, been inviting me to “be still and know that He is God”. Your post is the latest in a string of messages I have been hearing and seeing on this topic. The fact is that I am a very quiet person, and not one surrounded by much noise—except inside my head, where there is a perpetual cacophony of thinking, wondering, imagining, preparing, musing and speculating. It’s generally a good thing (part of who I am), but I am also beginning to learn to set it all aside (to set myself aside) for a time each day in order to encounter Him. Beginning . . .

    1. What a beginning indeed! The lessons are always in the journey! May His words come to life as you discover what “be still and know that I am God” looks like in your life!

  4. I tried to comment earlier but not sure it went through so sorry if there’s two from me!
    This was an amazing post. I know I definitely have times where there’s no words!!

  5. What gorgeous words, praise, poetry, annointed words from stillness. Just love this: Instead, they are the sludge of unstirred sugar crusted to the bottom of the sweet tea pitcher. How I know of the blank page, but of the creator working through us behind the scenes, stirring the pitcher, delivering beauty. Lovely!!

    1. Thank you so much, Kathy! I’m glad you stopped by. I think we’ve all felt the sting of the blank page before. God is good and He moves in mighty ways when we let Him!

  6. This is beautiful and a timely reminder for me! When I become accustomed to fighting for every bit of time I have to work on blogging and writing stuff, I find that it’s hard just to be still.

    This is my favorite part: ““Just be still and know that I am God.” He beckons. “Let your words fall quiet and rest in me.” And so I do. I let the peace fall where it may in my solitary act of worship.”

    Absolutely beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much, Lauren! It’s so easy to let my world spin out of control. I, too, get caught in fighting for time, when all He wants is my undivided attention! I’m always glad when you stop by!

  7. I love the idea of worship as being still and letting God’s presence wash over you. Usually worship is imagined as an energetic, lively activity that isn’t done right if no one can hear you. But you’re right: worship is communicating with God. It can look quiet and solitary, too.

    1. Hi Andrea! Thanks for stopping by. Slowly I’m beginning to learn that worship takes on so many forms. I’ve always been a crank the music girl and sing loud. Sometimes, I think, He just wants us to acknowledge that He is our Almighty and give Him our attention!

  8. There are many times the blank page mocks me and I search (sometimes frantically) for something to write about. I love how you made the blank page a worship and a message instead of a problem. Paradigm shift for me and one I will remember often!

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