Silence and Patience

How long will you attack a man? Psalm 62:3

There are wicked people who make a hobby of attacking others. They go about shooting verbal darts of false accusations. Physical assault is bad enough. Verbal attack is worse. These attacks stem from jealousy or pride. These attackers consider themselves to be superior to others. Why else would they rain accusations on anyone, finding fault every now and then? They feel threatened by the very presence of their victim.

The psalmist indeed was in a high position and his opponents worked incessantly to cast him down from there (v. 4). None of these attacks were frontal ones. They blessed with their mouth, greeting him every day with a smile. But they cursed inwardly once they got behind his back. The psalmist was tired of this hidden offensive from those who delighted in lies. In his private prayer, he thought aloud, How long will you attack a man? Won’t you ever get tired of this sport?

God had placed the psalmist in His School of Patience. There wasn’t any quick answer to his prayers. Yet, he was careful to counter lies with silence. Truly my soul silently waits for God. From Him comes my salvation (v. 1). Silent waiting exercises spiritual muscles of faith. Only those whose faith is mature and deep enough to trust God during the long, dark nights of life can hang on peacefully. The psalmist is quick to reaffirm his resolve to depend on God alone to restore his honor. Whenever he felt that his faith was about to give way he told himself, My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.

The Lord Jesus too countered false accusations with a godly silence and patience. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth (Isaiah 53:7a). Wait patiently on God. His help is never too far away. At the right time He will silence your accusers who love to torment you. He will save you and restore your glory in a way that brings glory to His Name.

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