The title of this blog was the instinctive, under my breath murmur, as I read these words in Psalm 62.4 (NLT) in my daily readings for yesterday:
“Let all that I am wait quietly before God for my hope is in him…”
Is there a door in your head (or a few doors) that keep banging, refusing to stay shut? I pray these doors might “hear the Word of the Lord.”
It may be that for some of us there is a bit of help towards this in some words from verse 8: “O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” It is strange that waiting quietly and the counsel to pour out our heart both appear in the same Pslam.
Jesus teaches us that prayer is not about using many words, or vain repetition, as though an answer to our prayers were based on these things as some sort of religious or superstitious formula. However, that does not mean there is never a time to pour out our heart be it with no words, few words or many, whatever may be needed.
I am quite a quiet chap by nature. On a couple of occasions over the years when I have been asked to pray at meetings, all of a sudden I have started to pour out my heart, sometimes with emotion and volume that is alien to my normal way of praying. On one occasion the loudness and the heartfelt emotion surprised me. The more I tried to tone it down, the louder it all became…until it was done. Someone said to me afterwards in disapproval, “There was no need for that.” Actually, there was; they were simply wrong as well as offended.
I am not talking about mere emotional release, though that can be helpful too. I am talking about coming before God and whatever it looks like letting all that I am wait quietly before the Lord. Paraodoxically, to get there, at times there needs to be a bit of pouring out of our heart, so that we can rest and wait, knowing the prayer is done.
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