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Saturday, February 4, 2017

HIS VOICE

Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, Give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the LORD is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The LORD is over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; The voice of the LORD is full of majesty. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars, Yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; The LORD shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth, And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!” The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood, And the LORD sits as King forever. The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭29:1-11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
http://bible.com/114/psa.29.1-11.nkj


There is nothing like the sound of your parent's voice. When I was a kid, I could be in a crowded, noisy room, but if my mother said my name, I could pick it out distinctly as it shot like an arrow through the white noise. If I was doing something I shouldn't have been doing, my mother's voice shook me out of my rebellion as she firmly spoke my full name. But it was also that same voice that seemed to sing to me as she encouraged me not to give up on learning how to play the piano simply because I had trouble with one song. And it is her voice that could comfort me, even when nothing else could.

If a human voice could have such an effect on us, how much more does the Voice of our Heavenly Father affect us? Consider how powerful the voice of God is. In Genesis, it tells us that He spoke all things into existence. There was light, galaxies, earth and everything in it, including human beings, simply because He spoke it. Or in the Gospels, we see Jesus speaking Life everywhere He went. He would cast out demons, heal the sick, and even raise the dead, by simply saying the word.

The Voice of the Lord has power and authority to create, as well, as change things. But it also encourages us, disperses confusion, comforts us in our sorrows, corrects us in our folly, and navigates us through the darkest, thickest wilderness. John 10 tells us that if we know Him, we will know His Voice, as well -- like sheep know their shepherd's voice.

And His Voice will always result in this for us:


The Lord will give STRENGTH to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with PEACE.


Whenever I am personally distressed, confused, anxious, angry, frustrated, sad, fearful... Whatever the circumstance, there is always one thing that I look for in those moments: HIS VOICE. Like standing in a crowded, noisy room, I listen intently for the Voice of my Father that can shoot like an arrow through the white noise. I look for it. I wait for it. I refuse to go forward without hearing it. And then, like the faithfulness of the morning sunrise, it's there. Sometimes it's loud. Other times it's more like a whisper. Sometimes there are no human words to actually attach to it, I just know that it is Him, and still many times it a Scripture that He brings to mind because His Voice is the Word and will always line up with the Bible. However He speaks, the end result is always this: STRENGTH and PEACE.


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