This verse has always intrigued me. Revelation 8:1 says, “When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” Silence. No words. No singing. No worship.
Revelation 4:8 says, “The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
Verse 9 says that every time they gave glory and honor and thanks to the Lord, verse 10 says that the twenty-four elders worshiped. Verse 11 recorded their words, “You are worthy O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.”
The way I read this passage means that it was constant, until that time of silence. How awe striking it must have been. It gives me expanded meaning to David’s words in Psalm 62. Verse 1 says, “Truly my soul silently waits for God…” Verse 5 was David’s instructions to himself. It says, “My soul, wait silently for God alone…”
Waiting carries an expression of expectation. Waiting in silence is the discipline of a heart yielded to the Lord. We yield through trust. Verse 8 says, “Trust in Him at all times you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”
We are able to empty our heart of our own expectations only when we can fully trust. It is at that point, that we are able to be still. Until typing this, I don’t think I ever considered trust and silence together before.