October 6th – The Voices of God



When we use the phrase ‘the voice of God’, we always think of a single voice speaking, like an announcer on the radio. There is a verse in Psalm 19 which tells us about the chorus of God’s many voices, all speaking and singing together like a choir, not just a whisper in our conscience, or from the Bible, not just a word from Jesus, not just an urge of the spirit, but the whole chorus of voices in crescendo, a choir, all singing the same music.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard;
Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.
Psalm 19: 1-4

In our house (as in yours) there are special kinds of listening devices.
There is the telephone: two -way conversation.
There is the radio of which I am an avid listener.
There is the TV which doesn’t only convey sound but brings me full, close-up pictures of events as they happen anywhere in the world.
There is the fax machine by which people can speak to me in writing.
In short, I have been provided with equipment which can receive messages from all over the world. Radio astronomers, using vast electronic ears, listen to the sounds from the other side of the Universe.
The one great question asked through astronomy, and science as well as science fiction, is “Is there anyone out there?” Probes have been launched asking that question. Samples of Martian rock have been examined for fossil evidence of microscopic life forms. Science fiction overflows with unearthly intelligent life-forms contacting, or invading planet earth. We are fascinated by the thought of extra-terrestrial life existing out there, or perhaps even already here.
The Bible insists that the entire creation shouts with God’s many voices, all singing to us in harmony. Supposing our deafness is not due to the universe being silent, but to our ears being turned to a wavelength of too low a frequency? To tune in to God’s high frequency means adjusting our mind set, to listen to the word which speaks in the language of beauty and truth and glory and humility and openness and purity and power and personal love: a heavenly choir, in fact!
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.” Luke 2: 13,14.
A Prayer:
With your praising creation, O Lord, I join in praise.
Now read Psalm 19.

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