Pure Gospel Magazine April, 2019 - Page 7

Think About It

Written By: Pastor Charles W. Reese

THE VOICE

Easter Sunday is possibly the greatest Sunday of all the year. There will be more folks coming to that service than any other. We had prayed, planned, and practiced. We had the order of service well rehearsed. One thing we were not counting on, it had never been a problem before, me losing my voice.

No matter how hard I struggled, or how important the thought I wished to express, I could not make my voice cooperate. This caused me to begin to understand the importance of something I had always taken for granted, my voice. Without my voice, my whole life would change. I couldn't sing. I couldn't preach, or even teach. So I began to think about the voice and noticed some important facts.

First a person is recognized by the unique sound of their individual voice. Each one of us has a unique sound that God recognized. He knows ever individual sheep by the sound of its voice. It is your voice that causes God to respond. Psalms 77:1 says, "I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me."

There are many voices. There is the voice of instruction, the voice of wisdom, the voice of correction, the voice of comfort, or consolation. Each of these is good for us. And, there are voices of evil to which we are not to respond.

Hear and obey the voice of the Lord. According to Exodus 5:2, Pharoah said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. We know the cost Pharoah paid by his disobedience. His nation was crushed, his armies destroyed, and his very life was lost. Yet, all of that could have been avoided if he had just recognized the God that was speaking to him. He said His sheep know His voice. God's voice used here is the same voice that speaks words of tenderness, hope, love and comfort to those that will hear His voice.

You have a voice! What are you to do with it? Psalm 27:1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with a voice of triumph. Again David expressed his desire in Psalm 26:7, "That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, an dtell of all thy wondrous works.

How important is it that you use your voice in worship of the Lord? Exodus 32:18 tells it this way, "And he said, 'It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear.'"

Perhaps each one of us should, "THINK ABOUT IT!"