I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel; my heard teaches me, night after night. I have sent the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand I shall not fall. (Psalm 16:7-8).
Our world is so full of noise. Our churches are all full of noise. Our homes, cars, work places, computers, phones, dinner tables are so full of noise. Is it any wonder that we are barely able to listen to God’s counsel?
The noise on the outside is often the tip of the iceberg. The noise on our interior selves is among the many reasons we are not able to listen to God more attentively.
The Psalmists and the Contemplatives throughout history invite us to listen to the Lord by allowing our interior lives to find that “peace of God which transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). The words from Psalm 16 and 25 sing of receiving the Lord’s counsel even in the stillness of the night. We are encouraged to follow the path of God by allowing God to lead us. If we are to set the Lord always before us so that we shall not fall, then we need to spend some time letting go of our false sense of self that has us all wound up in our word being the final word. For we will not know our true selves and what is the final word unless we take time to listen more intentionally to Jesus who is The Word.
There is another Psalm that speaks very well to what I am writing.
“Be still, then, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:11a).
Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB