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Silence as worship?

I was reading through some old journals and came across this statement by Steve Smallman in an article called, “The heart of worship”:

priere_silenceBe still and know … So, while there is indeed singing and praise and expressions of repentance, the essential element of worship was silence and humble submission.  In his book, Reaching Out, Henri Nouwen says that this silence calls for much discipline and the taking of risks.  We always seem to have more important things to do.  “Just sitting there” and “doing nothing” more times than not, disturbs us more than it helps.  But there is no other way. At the heart of all prayer, lies our natural discomfort of being “useless” and silent in the Lord’s presence.  We are told in Psalm 46.10, “Be still and know that I am God.” What encourages me about this command is that although it is very difficult, it is something we can do.  Our worship will only rarely be the result of a dramatic encounter, but learning to be still in the presence of God puts us in the same place as the great worshipers of God in Scripture.

That small paragraph raised a number of questions in my heart.  Here are two of them:

  • Why do I, why do we often experience this “discomfort of being “useless” and silent in the Lord’s presence”?
  • What would encourage me, what would encourage us to be “still in the presence of God” more often?




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