Ps.62:1 – My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation.
Ps.65:1 – There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God, And to You the vow will be performed.
These passages describes something that is strange to the natural man but precious to those who know the Lord. Both Psalms use a Hebrew word – dumiyah – which literally means silent praise. We obviously commonly think of praise as being vocal and often times very loud and exuberant. You know like David described – prophesying on a 10 stringed instrument, the sound of crashing symbols, and the mighty blast of the trumpets. Loud worship can be quite powerful but there is also a silent praise that David describes in these two Psalms. There are times in worship where the glory comes down and there is such a majestic silence that fills the room that our silence becomes a powerful response of worship to the Lord.
I can remember a particular service like this in Bulgaria a number of years ago. We were having a series of meetings, day and night, for several days. It had been quite a week of joy and shouting and dancing before the Lord. I can remember the looks of shock and amazement in one particular service when the majesty of the Lord filled the room; no one could say anything, no one should say anything. That silent praise was just as powerful as the most demonstrative service we had that week. Here are some thoughts from Dick Mills on what he called a “holy hush”.
“In my sixty years of serving the Lord, the thing that stands out in my mind as the most precious in public gatherings was the “holy hush”. While we were singing praises, the presence of the Lord would fill the place. A holy quietness would set in. Everyone was stilled and filled with awe. It only lasted a few minutes but had a lasting effect of being overwhelmed by the beautiful presence of the Lord. Any sound at that moment would have been totally redundant. I am believing that we will have more of the holy hush, the silent praise in future gatherings. “Do it again, Oh Lord, let praise be silent before you!”
One of the most effecting words the Lord ever gave me was to “Be still and know that I am God.” Silent praise is when we are receiving and responding, sometimes we just need to be quiet before our awesome God or in everyday language ‘shut up and worship’.