Twenty-Five

QUIETLY

Lam 3:26: It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Isa 7:4: Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted. Isa 30:15: For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; in returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.

If I am to have my whole heart turned toward God, I must have it turned away from the creature, from all that occupies and interests, whether joy or sorrow. Everything that is not God Himself…that excites my fears, or stirs my self-efforts, or makes me conscious of self or the world around me, or awakens my hopes, or makes me glad, or seeks His gifts or workings…hinders me in my perfect waiting upon Him. Even the activity of the mind in studying the Word, or giving expression to its thoughts in prayer, the activities of the heart, with its desires and hopes and fears, may so engage me that I do not come to the still waiting on the All-Glorious One…my whole being prostrate in silence before Him. The very thought of God in His incomprehensible majesty and holiness should silence me: Hab 2:20: The LORD is in His holy temple: let all the Earth keep silence before Him. Zeph 1:7: Hold thy peace at the Presence of the Lord GOD. Zech 2:13: Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for He is raised up out of His holy habitation.

As long as my waiting on God is chiefly regarded as an end toward more effectual prayer, and the obtaining of my petitions, this spirit of perfect quietness shall not be obtained. But when it is seen that my waiting upon God is itself an unspeakable blessedness, one of the highest forms of fellowship with the Holy One, the adoration of Him in His awesome Majesty and Glory will of necessity humble my soul into a holy stillness, making way for God to speak and reveal Himself to me. Then it comes to the fulfillment of the precious promise, that all of self and self-effort shall be humbled; the haughtiness of man shall be brought down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.

I am to take time to be separate from all friends and all duties, all cares and all joys, all self and its energy; time to be still and quiet before God. I shall find that this little season of silent worship will bring a peace and a rest that give a blessing not only in prayer, but all the day. The quietness is the confession of my child-like dependence upon God…that I am hopelessly powerless, hopelessly impotent, hopelessly helpless in my own strength; ALL must be of Him. It is the confession of my child-like trust that our God will in His time come to my help…that quiet resting in Him alone. It is the confession of my desire to sink into my nothingness, and to let Him work and reveal Himself in me. It is not in trying but in trusting; not in running but in resting; not in wandering but in waiting; not in pondering but in praying; that I find the strength of the Lord. In my daily life, I need only let there be in my soul a quiet reverence in its continual waiting for our great God to do His wondrous work in me, an abiding watching against too deep engrossment with the things or the people of this world.

This is the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with God: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto Him and listening for His voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for God to reveal to me His plans, His purposes, His will, a deeper revelation of Who He is, SO I MAY THEN RESPOND with an unquestioning child-like obedience to every leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, cooperating with the power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do. My soul, wait thou only upon God!

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