We live in a noisy, loud world, both audible (volume) and verbal. If not careful, our spirit can be affected and we begin to lose that inner stillness, silence, that God intends for us to experience, even in the midst of noise. This, alas, has infiltrated the church. We have been in services where we actually had difficulty in hearing ourselves sing. We once were encouraged by friends, who had invited us to attend their church, to bring ear plugs. We were in a church, that has a wonderful ministry to thousands where, after the service, the “band” was playing so loudly that it was not possible to carry on a conversation without shouting.

Now, I’m not saying that there is no place for reasonable joyful singing, clapping, shouting praise to the Lord, but really, if what we are offering is for Him, does it need to be ear-shattering? Some time back, after reading that the decibel level in some church services was comparable to that in rock concerts, I began writing an article titled, “WHEN DID GOD GO DEAF?” Haven’t finished it yet.

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

How can we hear God’s still small voice
with music blaring in our ears,
or know the peace the Spirit brings,
the touch that calms our inner fears?
Until we’re willing to shut out the noisiness of life around;
willing to wait until we know