Tuesday morning I got up at 4:45 and headed to the gym as normal. I use the time in the car on the way too and from to wake up mentally and spiritually in prayer. After my workout, I went home and got ready for my day. While I was eating some breakfast, an overwhelming sense of gratitude hit me. The house was quiet and dark except for the kitchen light. My wife and girls were still sleeping. The only thing I could say prompted it was the Holy Spirit.
As I sat there in complete awe of God. there was silence. Beautiful, peaceful, holy silence.
I love loud music. Always have. I love to jump and get excited. I really don’t need a microphone most of the time except for recording sake. There are times, though, when noise is not the best thing. There are times when silence needs to reign.
Too often, worship is defined by music and volume. Worship doe snot need either of them. They are tools and they are fine, but they are not worship. Worship is a heart/spirit in tune and at peace before God recognizing who He is. At times it will be loud and exuberant. At times it will be quiet and reverent. Everything in between will also take place. One way is not overall better than another. There are moments when one is more appropriate.
We could all use more times of quiet worship. Times when we are still. Times when human spirit communes with God’s Spirit. No words. No music. No noise. My experience is that gratitude precedes, coincides, and follows these moments.
If we are truly thankful to God and live aware of His goodness in humble gratitude before Him, we will have peace that passes understanding (Phil 4:7) and His joy will be our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
What are some quiet worship moments you have experienced?