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The Bible is much more than a book of religion.

OUR SILENT GOD

Solomon’s temple, one of the architectural wonders of the world, was built silently.  According to I Kings 6:1-7 there were no sounds of iron tools such as hammers, chisels, etc.  All the measuring and cutting of stones was done at the quarry.  The temple went up at the building site in total silence as the men put the pre-measured, pre-cut stones into their proper places. 

Is this just mere trivia?  Not at all.  Nothing about the Bible is trivial. Everything is for a reason.  There’s something intriguing about this silence. It tells us something about God and of how He works. Consider

OUR SILENT GOD

 

The universe moves in its orbit in total silence. The sun  rises and sets  in total silence.  At the Grand Canyon and other marvelous natural wonders, the hushed silence is noticeable as people ponder God’s creation.

Oh yes, there is the occasional roar of thunder and lightening storms, of tornadoes and hurricanes and other natural disasters.  That’s all part of the curse of sin on this earth.  So are the angry screams and roarings of anger and rage as sinful people vent their sinful hearts.

Babies are formed silently in the womb.  They continue to grow from infancy to old age, all in silence.   All of God’s creation moves through time and space in total silence.  

Though God moves and acts in silence; the redeemed respond in worship and praise in a great variety of beautiful melodious and harmonious music to God and in joyful fellowship with Him and with one another.  

By contrast there is the mind-numbing dissonant cacophony of discord and confusion in hell’s music.

As one who loves God-glorifying music, I can’t wait to hear and participate in its variety and perfection in Heaven.

In the midst of God’s silence, when it seems as though nothing good is happening and God is not answering our prayers;  we can take comfort that God is at work in our lives and working all things together for our good.

Listen to the third stanza of the Christmas carol, “O Little Town of Bethlehem as it speaks to us of Christ’s coming into this world.

“How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is given.

So God impart to human heart the blessings of His Heaven.

No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin;

Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.”

As physical growth takes place silently in the body of a child who eats, drinks, exercises and rests; so spiritual growth occurs silently in those who feed on His Word and surrender to His will. 

In this message, consider the silence of:

1. Worshiping God

2. Serving God

3, Effecting change in individuals, churches, nations and the world.

THE SILENCE OF WORSHIP

 

Habakkuk 2:20 instructs us regarding worship,  “The Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him.”  Reverential silence is to be desired in worship. It’s not that  there should be a funeral-like silence in the church; but a respectful, reverential silence is often missing.

There is a place in worship for loud, joyful, Biblically-based, instrumental and vocal music  as David describes it in the Psalms, some of which are Psalm 33:3,  66:1-2,  81:1-3,  95:1-3,  98:4-9,  100.  Quiet, peaceful music that turns our thoughts to reflecting on Christ and what He means to us also has a place in worship. 

Not only should we joyfully sing from our hearts, but we should reach out in Christian fellowship to others in genuine love, warmth and friendliness.

Let us show respectful, reverential treatment of our church property, including our rest rooms, sanctuary and hymn books.  At the same time, keep in mind that our bodies are the true sanctuary in whom the Holy Spirit dwells.  As much as it is important to take care of our church sanctuary, it is even more important that we recognize our bodies as the true sanctuary and holy property of God, as I Corinthians 6 teaches. 

The highest form of worship takes place silently in our hearts as we worship the Lord in Spirit and as He prepares our hearts for the Truth of His Word, the Bible.  John 4:24

Certainly singing hymns and choruses from a wicked, rebellious heart is blasphemous, according to Amos 5:21-24.

THE SILENCE OF DOING GOD’S WORK

 

As Isaiah prophesied  of Jesus’ ministry in Isaiah 42:1-4, Jesus ministered quietly. He was not a rabble-rouser.  Though we are to always be ready to share the Gospel; our witness is empowered by the silent witness of a consistent godly life.  If we are failing to live it, it would be better to be silent about our love for Christ, because our hypocrisy brings shame to His name. 

Paul writes in II Thessalonians 3:11-12 that we are to mind our own business as we do our own work quietly.  Jesus gives a wonderful description of the attitudes of the Christian life in His Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-16.  For more on this, go to my link, Beatitudes, on this web site.

God’s work takes time, energy and commitment; however, we must avoid  frenzied activity. Yes, we get physically tired and emotionally drained, but in our weakness, He promises His strength.  Read some of the wonderful promises upon which we can rest in our times of weariness.  Isaiah 40:29-31, 30:15, Zechariah 4:6  and Matthew 11:28-30.

THE SILENCE OF EFFECTING POLITICAL CHANGE

 

The political situation in America and throughout the world today is not encouraging, to say the least.

I am convinced from Scripture that my calling as a preacher is not to get caught up in politics and political and social causes.  I believe that through my faithful preaching of the Word and magnifying Christ, I can quietly be used of God to effect changes in values and thus changes in political thinking as changed people seek political leaders who best reflect their changed values.

As Christians are grounded in God’s Word, they become like King David’s mighty men described in I Chronicles 12:15-40  Note especially verse 32 as the men of Issachar are described.  They were men who “had an understanding of the times and knew what Israel ought to do.”

God is not impressed with big crowds nor majorities. In fact, God does not get the biggest crowds in this world today.  The devil does. He not only gets the biggest crowds, but he also makes the most noise.  We accomplish nothing by trying to out-shout him.

God still speaks with a “still small voice.”  I Kings 19:11-12

“Be still and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46:10

“Stand in awe and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed and be still. Psalm 4:4

Our strength in times of trouble is to sit still. Isaiah 30:1-7

We are to study to learn to be quiet before God. I Thessalonians 4:11.

We are to pray for our leaders that we may enjoy a peaceable and quiet life. I Timothy 2:1-2

A woman’s greatest strength is her “meek and quiet spirit”.  I Peter 3:4

How does God change our nation?  Quietly without any big show or loud commotion as we Christians get right with God.  II Chronicles 7:14

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September 2, 2009 - Posted by | America, Worship Series

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