Thursday, February 07, 2008

Quiet Day

Today is our annual college quiet day. But, what's so good about being quiet?

I've been (quietly) reading through the Psalms and have noticed that sometimes being placed in silence is a sign of judgment:

Let the wicked be put to shame;
let them go silently to Sheol.
[Psalm 31:17b]

Whereas, sometimes, being in the midst of noise is a great thing:

You surround me with shouts of deliverance
[Psalm 32:7b]

And sometimes making a noise is a good thing too:

Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
[Psalm 32:11]

Quiet times? Quiet days? Here's to a far more noisy spirituality in the future.

(But, so that I don't go overboard in this anti-quietness thing, and remember the balance of scripture, sometimes shutting up is exactly the right thing to do: Job 40:3-5)

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