The Worship Quote of the Week for (08/06/2002):

God-Focused Silence as Worship
Todayís WORSHIP QUOTE reminds us that there is an important place in worship
for God-focused silence and solitude. The author is Donald Whitney. Take a
look at his web site, << www.spiritualdisciplines.org>>.


GOD-FOCUSED SILENCE AS WORSHIP
The worship of God does not always require words, sounds, or actions.
Sometimes worship consists of a God-focused stillness or hush. Scriptural
precedent for this includes texts like Habakkuk 2:20, "But the LORD is in his
holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him," and Zephaniah 1:7, "Be
silent before the Sovereign LORD." It is not just a silence thatís enjoined,
but a silence "before him," "before the Sovereign Lord." Thatís the silence
of worship. There are times to speak to God, and there are times simply to
behold and adore Him in silence.

ó Donald S. Whitney, SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES FOR THE CHRTISTIAN LIFE. Chapter
10, "Silence and Solitude . . . For the Purpose of Godliness." Colorado
Springs: NavPress, 2002, p. 86-87. ISBN 1-57683-330-5


[If this idea of silence in worship interests you, take a look at Psalm
62:5-6 and Isaiah 30:15. Also, see these two selections from the WORSHIP
QUOTE archives:]

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Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky
www.carlstam.org
www.sbts.edu