It’s a sunny day, the green grass a soft bed compared to the desert rocks. The quiet stream sliding on past with the clouds. David knew rest, and he knew peace while tending the flocks of his father. He watched the starry night skies as he lay across the opening to the sheep fold. Looking up and listening.
David said: “I waited patiently for the Lord;” Ps.40:1a
Ever notice when it’s really quiet, I mean totally quiet, and you aren’t used to it your ears buzz/hum? When I moved into this house it was like that for a week. I came from the city with all this endless noises to this quiet place…my ears buzzed and it felt like I was deaf. I would keep checking my earing. Until one day my ears adjusted.
“Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened; burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.” Ps.40:6
In David’s day, offerings were going on regularly. It was busy at Moses’ temple. (city) And David’s inclination was to be doing those things out in the fields too, to honor God, to obey God.
There are all kinds of things to be doing in this life. All kinds of worthy things to honor God, to “obey” God – but is it what God is requiring from you in that moment?
There is a time of quiet God calls us to. It’s the place we receive our ears to hear.