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Waiting in silence

For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.
Psalm 62:1
Some notes from Spurgeon's Treasury of David:

To wait upon God, and for God, is the habitual position of faith; to wait on him truly is sincerity; to wait on him only is spiritual chastity. The original is, "only to God is my soul silence." The presence of God alone could awe his heart into quietude, submission, rest, and acquiescence; but when that was felt, not a rebellious word or thought broke the peaceful silence. The proverb that speech is silver but silence is gold, is more than true in this case. No eloquence in the world is half so full of meaning as the patient silence of a child of God. It is an eminent work of grace to bring down the will and subdue the affections to such a degree, that the whole mind lies before the Lord like the sea beneath the wind, ready to be moved by every breath of his mouth, but free from all inward and self caused emotion, as also from all pow…

Habakkuk 2:4 notes

Habakkuk 2:4b reads:

But the righteous shall live by his faith. (ESV & NIV)

But the person in right standing before God through loyal and steady believing is fully alive, really alive. (The Message)

Only those who live by faith are acceptable to me. (CEV)

The good man lives as he is faithful. (Moffat)

The righteous survives if he is faithful. (Charles Taylor)

The idea of faith in Habakkuk 2:4 is not talking about an inward, subjective feeling type of faith, but has to do with fidelity. He who has been justified, made righteous, is faithful.