Silence Has a Sound– The Sound of Awe

By Kathi Pelton

This morning I was on a zoom call (with some of our brothers and sisters across the nations) having the most beautiful time in worship. As we worshipped together we were taken into a deep place in our spirits– so deep that it defied words. Even over a zoom call we found ourselves in a place of awe that caused us to become silent, yet still in worship. There were no words, no instruments, no sound– but we knew that our worship was going to a new depth. It became apparent that we had been pouring out our perfume over the feet of Jesus and now the “fragrance had filled the house.” From many nations our different scents had intermingled until we were immersed in a fragrance that left us in awe and silence.

As we allowed the silence to linger, I heard these words in my spirit,

“The sound of silence is the sound of pouring out your surrender. Though the pouring out of perfume has no physical sound– still, the fragrance fills the house and immerses all. The silence is not only a response to awe, it is also a yielding from your activity to take the posture of fully trusting me and becoming still to acknowledge that I alone am God. It makes room for heaven to touch earth, which is my footstool.”

Just before the time of awe and silence came upon us, one of the worship leaders had been singing the words, “Pour us out like perfume upon the earth.” As he sung this I kept hearing the words from Isaiah 66:1,

“Heaven is my throne and earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me? Where will my resting place be?”

As we poured out perfume over the earth it was being poured over his feet– as the earth is his footstool. Then the response of silence suddenly created a resting place for him.

Then, another worship leader began to sing the song “Resting Place”,

Heaven is my throne
And earth is my footstool
Where is the house you will build for me?
Whom of you will hear the cry of my heart
Where will my resting place be?
Chorus
Here Oh Lord
Have I prepared for You a home
Long have I desired for You to dwell
Here Oh Lord
Have I prepared a resting place
Here Oh Lord I wait for You alone

But– rather than singing “Here Oh Lord, I wait for you alone”, he sang, “Here Oh Lord, I pour out my perfume.” As he sang these words, the awe increased– and oneness was tangibly experienced by all. We were taken even deeper– the silence had created a resting place that was filled with his fragrance– the fragrance of his love. One of the women from began to experience a frequency of heaven that was being released in the stillness, then she heard the Lord say, “Not only are you perfume poured out for me but I am perfume for you.”

I wanted to share this because it is a beautiful example of how silence has a sound, a frequency and it creates a place for us and for the Lord. Becoming sensitive to when a holy hush comes into a room or a meeting is part of allowing yourself to become one with him, even corporately. We move when he says to move and we get still when he says, “Be still.” And in our stillness he moves even more because we have yielded to his lead and to his reign.

Not only does the Lord find a resting place, but we experience a supernatural rest that cannot be explained. I would imagine that far more happened then we are aware of in those moments of silence as people from many nations paused to linger in the fragrance and awe of our God. As Psalm 46:10 says,

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

One day we will all know what happened in those moments where we were still, even as our hearts were postured to exalt him. They are happening more and more frequently across the nations. Are these moments that shift things on earth? Are they moments that win victories? Are they moments that bring the lost into the revelation of Jesus? Moments of awe– for lingering in awe releases awe!

“Oh, the depths of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!” Romans 11:33

Silence releases awe! Wide eyed, opened mouthed awe! Whether you are in your private prayer time or leading corporate prayer/worship, know that some of the deepest times is when everything stands in silence and stillness to take in the awe and majesty of Christ. Let’s stop more often to stand in awe of him!

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