Listening to the Silence

O Lord, all my longing is known to you;
    my sighing is not hidden from you.
Psalm 38:9

A few days during the week I used to travel from my home to where I do counseling and pastor a few churches.  The trip takes about 45 minutes.  I check the news now and then, but most of the time I drive in silence.  After a busy day of listening and talking, the quiet becomes a pleasant space to be with my thoughts—breathe a “Bible Breath,” or just feel my own life and be grateful to God for creating me.

The writer of this psalm does something like this.  However, he’s suffering in his body and also in his feelings. His enemies bully him and wickedly laugh at all his problems.
He decides to listen to the silence.  He knows that God lives in silence, communicating with him through love and comfort beyond words.  No matter what we’re going through, there’s nothing like silence to open up a space of peace within us.

Psalm 38

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Lifting those suff’ring to You v. 1ff
You know my deepest desires. v. 9
When I’m alone, You’re with me v. 11
Trusting You, Lord, to help me . 15

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
I especially recommend the free resource
in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

We read the Psalms in numerical order on Wednesdays

These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook.  You will have the entire program of well over a thousand of these introductions with you on your phone or table! Check the menu options at the site for more information.

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