Friday of Lent 3 – March 29, 2019 – Psalm 83:1
O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
Have there been times in your life when it appeared that God were silent? Sometimes it can appear as if it seems God has completely disappeared from our lives. Of course, He has given us His word and promise, “I am with you always!” Matthew 28:20
Our task is not to decipher exactly how all of life’s pieces fit together, or to determine what they all mean. You have been called to faithfulness and to trust Him who knows all mysteries. This is the kind of faith that’s pleasing to God—a faith that’s determined to trust when he hasn’t answered all the questions, when we haven’t heard any voice from the whirlwind. Our task is to be still and listen for the voice of God speaking to you directly through his Word. Remember the Lord has determined to speak to you directly through His means of Grace. Whenever His word is present; when that word is proclaimed, shared, read, and meditated upon - there He has promise to will speak to You.
An excellent source of discovering God in the midst of silence is through the Psalms. Not only are they prayers, they are the very answers to our prayers as the Lord speaks directly to us through His Word. Even more, as the Word is the voice of God they contain and reveal the answers to our prayers.
Often we ask the question "why?" when we sense that God is silent. Good question. Better yet, dig deeper, ask "whom?" And the Lord will reply, “be still, and know that I am God.” –Psalm 46:10 Even in the stillness God is present. Even in silence God is able to speak. For in that silence, He prepares us, to listen to His still small voice. (1 Kings 19:11-13)Grant us, O Lord our Strength, to have a True Love of Your Holy Name; so that, trusting in Your grace, we may fear no earthly evil, nor fix our hearts on earthly goods, but may rejoice in Your full salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.