The Sound Of Silence

February 1, 2019
by Kenn Stright

Psalm 62:5 – For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. (ESV)

Growing up in the 1960s, I learned to love "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel.

    And the sign said:
    "The words of the prophets
    Are written on the subway walls
    And tenement halls
    And whispered in the sound of silence."

It was years later that I learned the true nature of silence, or I should say that I am continuing to learn more and more as I practice silence in my life. Mother Theresa taught me much about the place of silence: "We cannot put ourselves directly in the presence of God if we do not practice internal and external silence."

In silence, we will find new energy and true unity. Silence gives us a new outlook on everything.

The essential thing is not what we say but what God says to us and through us. In that silence, He will listen to us. There, He will speak to our soul, and there, we will hear His voice.

Listen in silence, because if your heart is full of other things, you cannot hear the voice of God. But when you have listened to the voice of God in the stillness of your heart, then you will know God.

Psalm 46:10a – Be still, and know that I am God. (ESV)

Prayer: Be still, my soul, and in the stillness, help me to listen, listen for Your still small voice or the sound of sheer silence. Internally, help me to quiet all that creates chaos and clamour. Externally, help me to disregard voices and noises that would draw me away from You. Help me to find my quiet place as Jesus did in the solitary places where He went to pray. Amen.

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Kenn Stright <kennethstright@yahoo.ca>
West Petpeswick, Nova Scotia, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good devotional.


    Great post and reminder, Kenn!


    Thanks for a good word today Kenn!


    I enjoyed this very much.
    (B.C.)


    Kenn, a good reminder. We certainly live in a noisy world.


    Thank-you, Kenn. Your thoughtful commentary is much appreciated.


    Thank you, Ken. Silence is a valuable commodity in this noisy world!


    Thanks for sharing a message which causes us to stop (be still) and ponder.
    Blessings.


    Silence is one treat of retirement and hard to develop for the youth. Hope all are well with you and yours.


    Your words are very thoughtful, challenging and interesting and well backed with the scriptures! Thanks.


    I love that song and totally agree about silence.
    We are better able to hear that still small voice then.
    Thanks for sharing.


    Silence is to be cherished amid the clamor of this world. Yes, may we seek and hear the still small voice of the Lord whispering in the silence. Thank you for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.


    Hi Kenn.
    Thanks, this is so good. One of my favourite Bible verses is Psalm 46 “be still and know that I am God”. It gives me peace and makes me feel calm. I really like the “Sound of Silence”, a relaxing song amid chaos. Do have a great day in spite of the cold weather!!!
    Blessings.


    Dear Kenn,
    I love your phrase “listen in silence.” I am reminded by your devotion that we can still listen in silence no matter how heavy the drumbeat of our hearts, traffic noise, or how much chatter is going on around us. It doesn’t have to be quiet around us for us to “listen in silence.” Thank you.
    (CA)


    Hi Kenn,
    When I first saw the title for today’s devotional it really opened my eyes, but for a very different reason. You see I’ve been totally deaf since age eight, I’m now 91!
    But I enjoy reading your fine story! And still thinking about it. Hope I’ll see more from you in future.
    (On.)


    Oh dear brother Ken,
    I “Loved” this devotional today!
    It helped confirm and also clarify something for me. You see, very early after salvation when I would come to commune with God, He would teach me what I came to eventually call “stillness lessons.” In our quiet encounters, I was instructed to not to speak, or make any unnecessary movements (sometimes that included not even scratching my nose) but to simply focus on Him. I never really understood the magnitude of those “stillness lessons” until I read your devotional today! Thank you, thank you, thank you, I am eternally grateful. How very, very appropriate:
    Psalm 46:10a – Be still, and know that I am God. (ESV)


    Hi Ken. I enjoyed this meditation however, silence, internally or externally, is very hard to find.


    Thanks for the good reminder of the value of silence, both by bringing the song to mind, which sings in my head, and sharing your understanding of how two-way prayer works. Blessings on your writing.


    Hello Kenn,
    Thank you for such a clear and instructive devotional. It is a good and necessary reminder of our need to “be still” before our God… and listen to Him!
    Blessings,
    (BC)


    Dear Brother Kenn,
    I appreciate your Devotion The Sound of Silence.
    I love especially your words; “In silence, we will find new energy and true unity. Silence gives us a new outlook on everything.” Amen.
    I love to go to a quiet place to be with the Lord. I listen and close my eyes, often feeling as if the room is filled with cotton. I love the sound silence makes, especially in hearing His soft voice. I pray for those that have never heard His Voice, to Hear Him too.
    May God truly bless you.

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