We are in constant contact with God. It may not seem that way, and often feels like He has nothing to say to us at all. With that in mind, let’s read some of Psalm 19 together.
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
We see communicating without voice in this text.
God is talking to us, we simply need the use of our other senses.
And there is translation involved. We translate in this text from what we see to what we hear. The heavens declare, not through sound, but awe inspiring, breathtaking light and display. As we see it, neurons generate in our body an audible response in our minds. “Look at that, would you”, we might say, or “God has set the sky ablaze tonight,” Or “The sun is a gentle fury this morning”.
Our voices echo God’s displays as we translate what we see or in some cases feel and smell. Verse two states this plainly; “they pour forth Speech”. In that same verse, speech is compared to knowledge. Verse three refines and backs up this point, it is not speech from God or Words, or sound. And verse 4 comes right back at us and says, yet their voice goes out into all the earth, to the ends even.
No one is left out of this soundless voice. It covers the whole world.
How do you hear a voice like this, 0 decibels, but in your face and eyes all the same. You know it’s there, but how do you make sense of it, interpret it, understand it?
Isaiah 30:19-21 talks about this inner voice you might say.
19 People of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. 20 Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
This is the voice to look for in your daily movements. It will not leave you, although you may wonder if it is a voice from God, yourself, or the evil one. You may think, now where did that come from? Does God really want me to go in this direction? Does He really want me to take a risk, or put myself in this tight spot? How do I really know this is God’s voice? I think, at first, you probably don’t. But it shouldn’t take you long to gain confidence to know when God is speaking to you or someone else is pretending to speak to you for God.
I suggest you start with weeping as the Psalmist did, or calling out to God in private, as the people of Zion did. This is what my wife did when she lost our first child. It turned her to God, in tears and supplication. And in due time, He answered her and blessed her and she learned to recognize His voice. The first step then is to identify your pain and share it with God, just you and Him. See what happens. We are promised a voice behind us, let’s continue to explore that Voice.