Shut My Mouth in the Presence of the Lord

finger lipsI’ve had a hunch for years that we’re not going to be singing when we see Jesus. No. We’re going to fall down in silent, rapt, awe-filled adoration that defies all human language. How else should it be?

Solomon wrote, “Guard your steps as you go to the house of God and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil. Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few. For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a fool through many words (Ecc. 5:1-3).”

Does it seem sometimes like we’re talking more than we’re listening? 

I tune into the news channels sometimes, though only once or twice a week, I admit. I can only stand to listen for a few minutes because the anchors, aside from talking incessantly, continually interrupt each other. Now, I understand that their job is to talk. But, at some point, the talking ceases to help us and starts to hurt us.

We’re always in God’s presence, even when we don’t know it or feel it. He’s promised to never leave or forsake us. But there are times when His presence is so heavy in a worship service that it’s undeniable. Often the singing stops and people sink to their knees in silence and to a deeper place in worship than usual. That’s a lot closer to how it’s going to be when we really see Him.

SO – shut my mouth in the presence of the Lord. Let my words be few. Let me listen, not speak.

ChizBESTJohn Chisum is an internationally appreciated worship leader, songwriter, mentor, and clinician. Click here for information on The Worship Leader’s One-on-One Coaching with John Chisum. For information about booking John for a worship seminar, worship concert, or special event, contact him directly at, or call 251-533-5960.


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