Quiet Worship

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

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?


  1. Pastor,

    When it comes to senior citizens, EVERY moment is a quiet moment.

    Take the year 2010. Please.

    I’m not too sure the New Year is for me. And I do mean ALL 12 months (count them one-by-one.)

    So wouldn’t it have been just grand if an 800 number offered a free home trial on the year 2010! You know, just for the old folk, courtesy of Dick Clark. Imagine! If we sign up as we speak, we’ll get a full year limited warranty on the heart and/or 5,000 miles on the hip, whichever breaks first. Only the oil changes are extra. And if we sign-up while the stars are in alignment, even if seniors aren’t, Richard will throw in a year’s supply of any medication of your choice. Providing the pill is pink. And it comes from New Jersey. In a plain wrapper! And he promises to misspell your name so the mail man (and the neighbors) won’t know for sure if it’s really you or not who lives there.

    On second thought, maybe I should sign-up at the Upper Arlington senior center gym. I’ve already interviewed the trainer, tried out the equipment, and actually survived. Sure my breath was as weak as the rest of me, but that’s to be expected. Fortunately, I came by car, because the stationary bike didn’t seem to go no where.

    Bottom line: His joy will be our strength. Assuring yet again, God likes Seniors best – don’t you think?

    Seniorously yours, and God bless mightily,


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