December 9, 2022

Waiting to Hear God’s Voice?

By Skip Heitzig

Have you ever wished the Lord would speak to you? Have you ever echoed the sentiment of Isaiah the prophet, who said, "Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down!" (Isaiah 64:1). Well, any time we tell God, "Just say something," He's saying, "Just hear something. Listen when I speak."

In Psalm 19, David explained how God speaks to us through three things: the skies, Scripture, and our souls.

First, God speaks in the skies—in nature (see vv. 1-6). "The heavens declare the glory of God" (v. 1), David wrote. In other words, the glorious design of the universe speaks of the glorious designer behind it. This is why the apostle Paul said that creation alone is enough to let people know God exists (see Romans 1:20).

But there are certain things the universe can't tell you about God; this is why God also speaks in Scripture (see vv. 7-11). The Bible contains the very words of God concerning life, death, life after death, love, relationships, and the future. And according to David, Scripture turns you back to God, refreshes your soul, realigns your life with God's purposes, challenges your mind, delights your heart, clarifies your vision, stabilizes your future, and benefits your whole life.

Third and finally, God speaks through the soul (see vv. 12-14). David looked up at the sky and went, "Wow!" then down at the Scripture and said, "Amazing!" Now he looked inside of himself and said, "Yuck!" He realized his need for forgiveness from his sin, error, and faults. And that's what looking at the skies and at Scripture will do: reveal your need for God's grace as He speaks to your soul.

So David closed Psalm 19 with a prayer: "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer" (v. 14). The revelation of God in the skies and in the Scripture brought David to a place where he said, "I realize who I am, I need Your grace, and now I want to please You in my words and in my thoughts."

So, while we might say, "God doesn't speak to me," God might say, "You don't listen to Me." We cry out, "Say something!"; David would tell us, "He already has. He's been speaking a long time. And He's still speaking today."

If you feel far from the Lord today, guess who moved? The further you drift from God, the weaker the sound of His voice will be. So look up at the skies, look down at the Scripture, and look in at your soul; see the need for God's grace, then turn around and move back toward Him. As James promised, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" (James 4:8).

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