The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of The Lord.
It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.
Let him sit alone in silence,
for The Lord has laid it on him.
Let him bury his face in the dust –
there may yet be hope.
Let him offer his cheek to the one who would strike him,
and let him be filled with disgrace.
For no one is cast off by the Lord forever.
I posted this after being inspired by my friend, Tim Sisarich.
I love the sense of seeking God and finding hope, peace and God himself in silence, humility and even disgrace. He is the God who is found in the cross and glorified in the new life that follows death.
A number of these words from Lamentations are reflected later in the teachings of Jesus. His teaching on prayer to the disciples reflects the idea of sitting in silence and praying in humility. Offering the cheek to the one who strikes is reflected in Jesus teaching to turn the other cheek.
It’s a brilliant little piece to set the tone for our walk in life – quiet humility.
May the practice of silence and prayer become like breathing for me in 2013.