Praising the Powerful Voice of Christ
Day 174: Praising the Powerful Voice of Christ
Psalm 29:4 (AV)
4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.
The born-again believer is indwelt by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, the very Christ who spoke the worlds into existence, does the voice of God then become silent? Does He not speak a word to him that is weary? Does He not speak behind him and say, "This is the way, walk ye in it?"
Isaiah 50:4 (AV)
4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
Isaiah 30:21 (AV)
21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
The Psalmist is pointing us to a voice that has power and majesty. It is interesting to find that the King James Translators noted that the Hebrew reads, "The voice of the Lord is in power; the voice of the Lord is in majesty." We have got to offer our praise to Him who hears us, who speaks to us in that still small voice. God's voice needn't be loud. A whisper suffices when all power is at His disposal. The world is noisy. It screams and thinks that being loud equates with power. It does not, but it does get our attention. It causes us to look at the world via our circumstances through fleshly eyes. We see obstacles and limitations and impossibilities, but fail to see the very miracle of creation altogether. God spoke. That is all He did to bring the universe into being. He still speaks, and His voice is still in power and in majesty. God breathed into a lump of clay and created the living being called man. He gave that man a voice as well. That voice is not omnipotent and full of all-power, and all-majesty as the voice of Christ is, but there is some power there, although limited.
Proverbs 18:21 (AV)
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Why is it that the Bible warns us to beware of the power of the tongue? Is it not because we were created in God's image, and God used words to create? That is why the believer is cautioned so strongly by the Scriptures to use our choice of words wisely, and to focus our minds on hearing the voice of Christ within us. He gives us the safeguard of the Scripture to ensure we're hearing Him correctly, for God will never contradict the written word.
Isaiah 8:20 (AV)
20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
If we could learn to speak in agreement with God, our voices could join in with that voice of majesty and power, and we could begin to see God's Kingdom form before our very eyes. I wish I had time to elaborate on this point, even more, to provide a thorough argument for this, but we only have so much time, but let it suffice to point to this Scripture:
Isaiah 45:11 (AV)
11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
God gives us the channel of prayer and says it very clear that if we ask of Him for His sons and the works of His hands, we can speak the word, in agreement with His will, and we'll see the answers before our very eyes. Circumstances present obstacles, but even those mountains must move before the might and power of Christ.
So what's standing between you and God's will for your life? A stone stood before the tomb of Lazarus, and death held the victim fast, and all real hope was dead, but what did the authoritative voice of Christ say?
John 11:41–44 (AV)
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. 43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
He came to His Father with thanks. He knew He had the ear of His Father, and that His Father would grant His petition. He then cried with that mighty voice! Death could not hold back its prey! Now we mustn't think that we can go around commanding the graves to empty themselves. Still, we must realize that we can come before God in prayer and believe that our circumstances can be changed if God so wills it, and if not, that our hearts can be led by the voice of Christ to navigate the path He is leading us down. Are we looking at our circumstances and losing hope? Maybe it's time to get a change of perspective. How does God see it? What would God say?