Experience good silence
The one thing I ask of the LORD—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.
— Psalm 27:4
The pangs in your heart are real and painful. They come.
But they don’t have to stay.
One piece—and peace—to our hearts hurting and healing is this verse the psalmist David offers. He speaks of the house of the LORD. He rightly calls it the Temple, the meeting space between God and God’s most beloved, His children. Temples and today’s sanctuaries are the places we can gather to refresh, restore, and rejuvenate.
I remember someone who shares my birthday once confided in me what I immediately found to be so very true. In speaking of the now 200-year-old church building where I serve, she said, “This sanctuary has such good silence.”
Experience good silence. Experience this good silence because it is healing. It is calming. Good, calming silence washes away the gritty, grimy situations that strike your heart. Your heart, which can shiver and shatter, can be good and well and clean and quiet in this space.
David would agree with me when I invite you to live in this house, this sanctuary. Delight in it. You may have to leave it from time to time—hello life, work, errands, visits, responsibilities—but return to it not intermittently but always.
PRAYER: Lord, I pray those who are reading this hear my prayer and identify their sanctuary as their needed and necessary home. This haven from the hurts and the hardships of the world is theirs. Amen.