This came up on a discussion board where I post and I made this comment there. I thought it was worth bringing to my blog for others to read and hopefully add your two cents about this.
We were discussing speaking in tongues when another minister, Pete Zefo said:
|This frustrates me about Pentecostal worship services. There is something powerful about being still (and in awe) before God's presence.|
He said this in regard to how when there is silence in a worship service, someone will jump up and shout, or speak in tongues or something, because we have such a tendency to be uncomfortable with silence.
Back in March I was at a "Crossing Over" conference at Trinity Chapel in Powder Springs, Georgia. During one of those worship services, a hush fell over the house that went on for somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes.
I mean absolute silence.
There was the most awesome presence of God in that place that I have ever felt. It was just beautiful. After this long silence, almost as if someone flipped a switch, a shout came forth from the people in that room that just roared and this went on for probably another 7 - 10 minutes.
Many of the people I spoke with after that service said they felt like chains that had hindered them in worship were broken during that silence as the Holy Spirit did a work in people as they sat in quiet reverence to the majesty of God.
Pete is so right with his statement.
If we could only learn to still and quiet our souls before the presence of a Holy God, how much more could be done in our midst? But we are so accustomed to noise that the quiet spooks us.
Me... I love the shout. I love the dance.
I just love to worship my God.
But I also love to just sit in silence in His presence.
Sadly, this usually has to take place in my private time with God, because in most church services I have been in, someone has to break that silence because they think that God can only move when we are loud.