Is That You, Lord?

 

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As I read in the Word about how the Lord speaks to us, I am reminded over and over again that He speaks in a myriad of ways. He speaks through signs and wonders, through miracles, in a booming voice and in whispers. He clearly speaks through His Word and through circumstances many times.

 

The Lord speaks to us above all else because He desires to be in loving fellowship with us. Fellowship isn’t just about getting together with someone to eat, but truly about companionship. The very meaning of the word suggests sharing each other’s interests.

 

The picture that comes to mind is someone who is walking with me through my day. Few lyrics capture this idea better then the hymn, In the Garden:

 

I come to the garden alone,

While the dew is still on the roses,

And the voice I hear falling on my ear,

The Son of God discloses…

 

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other, has ever, known!

 

He speaks and the sound of His voice,

Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,

And the melody that he gave to me,

Within my heart is ringing…

 

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other, has ever, known!

 

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other, has ever, known!

 

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I know this hymn well because it was my mother’s favorite and I recall it being sung often in the small country church where I grew up. The words of this hymn describe perfectly the reality of fellowship with the Lord. I cannot help but think songwriter, C. Austin Miles, knew something about fellowship when the hymn was published in 1912.

 

Today we are blessed with such a variety of powerful worship music that hymns are sung far less often than they once were. Sadly, some children might grow up without hymns being a part of their heritage and miss some of the powerful words and meaning they convey.

 

I can recall on more than a few occasions having the words of a hymn be something the Lord used to encourage my heart, lift up my spirit, and get my focus back on track.

 

Somehow they were able to cut through the noise of daily life and also the filters we can often have that cause us to be unsure of whether or not we are hearing His voice.

 

Our life experiences can tend to color what we hear so that we might tend to hear His voice as critical, harsh, cold, or unloving. Those experiences make it easier to run from Him than run to Him; but if we recognize the words of the hymn, we see the perfect example of what He desires in fellowship with us.

 

I love the way Richard Foster describes it. “The quality of God’s voice is one of drawing and encouraging. The spirit of God’s voice is all grace and mercy. And the content of what is being said is always consistent with what God has said before—we have a huge biblical witness upon which to test our leadings.”

 

If we have not learned the truth about His voice to us, the best news is that His heart continues to pursue us, to experience what it means to soak in the Lord’s love and care for us.

 

Our challenge as a disciple is to set aside our preconceived notions about whether or not He wants to engage us, our distorted views of what He might say or even think about us, and begin to seek to be present with Him. To quiet our internal noise and the cacophony around us will take discipline and practice, but such commitment will leave no doubt in the Lord’s mind of our desire to fellowship with Him.

 

 Francois Fenelon wrote, “God does not cease speaking, but the noise of the creatures without, and of our passion within, deafens us, and stops our hearing. We must silence every creature; we must silence ourselves, to hear in the deep hush of the whole soul, the ineffable voice of the spouse. We must bend the ear, because it is a gentle and delicate voice, only heard by those who no longer hear anything else.”

 

May it be so, Lord!

 

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10 thoughts on “Is That You, Lord?

  1. Well that is one of my favorite hymns. I also grew up listening to that in a little country church. You are so right about the Lord calling us into a relationship. He does want to share our interests and does long to know us and us to know him! I have been reading the epistles and they describe perfectly what this is. Amazed by the wonder of our Lord daily now! Thank you for this post. It was excellent reading! Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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  2. I love the new worship music. No doubt. But it’s the old hymns that come in the night, that I call to mind during trial or strain.

    He speaks in a variety of languages and knows which ones most deeply touch our souls. What a wonderful Savior!

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  3. Reading this I’m thinking of that old song “How Marvelous, how wonderful, is my Savior’s love for me” and how marvelous is this post and those pictures.

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  4. Oh, this is wonderful! The quotes you share here are amazing. I had to save the ones today. Just wonderful. Been hearing Him so much in stillness the last couple of days- that still, small voice is so dear when we finally tune into Him instead of all else. Your heart and words for being near to God so resonate with me today! Thank you!

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  5. Good morning dear friend. Reading your reflection this morning was just simply lovely. My 60 minute prayer time in the morning often feel as you describe. Cannot manage without it! Used to think it was a selfish luxury, now realize it is God’s voice calling me to “come and stay awhile”.

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