Today may seem to totally contradict what was said yesterday. It does not. While we need to make noise, we also need to be silent. These are not preference matters, but different aspects to enjoying the presence of God. There is a breadth of emotions and experiences in any relationship. The same is true with God. As people often struggle with making some noise, people also struggle with silence.
God is in control
Resting in God and taking the time to be silent says we trust that God is the one who is really in control. Really in control. As we read Psalm 46:10-11, the Sons of Korah are reminding us that we need to remember that God has this. We can easily be overwhelmed by all that is going on around us. In these times we need to just stop and be silent.
We hate silence
There is nothing more awkward to people than silence. This is why solitary confinement is such a terrifying punishment. We need people and interaction. The other side to this is we are often not comfortable in our skin and thoughts. Silence forces us to recon with hard questions and issues we may have. A key marker for health of a relationship is to be silent with someone you love and not have it be awkward. We need those moments.
God really does love you
Another aspect to avoiding silence is we fear that God only wants to bring up sin in our life. We feel that we’re always falling short of what God wants for us. God already understands our own imperfections. He sent his son to die for us anyways. God is a God who truly loves spending time with his own. Perhaps we often feel like God does not truly and deeply love us because we do not take the time be silent with him to know he is God and truly does watch over us.