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!


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!


8 thoughts on “Is That You, Lord?

  1. The “biblical witness “ is key to our appreciation (and action) whenever and wherever we think we are hearing the voice of God. And I have to ask myself, “Do I know it well enough to discern…?”

    1. Absolutely significant question! That means we need to spend more time listening and being with Him as we would a dear friend.(one of the things He is to us).💝

  2. Our church uses old hymns as well as meaty newer music. I’m so thankful for God’s gift of music, which helps wing His truth to our hearts. One of my favorites that I don’t hear often any more is “Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting.”

  3. Pam, this is a familiar hymn to me as well. In fact, I must admit that all morning I have been humming the old hymn, “Jesus is All the World to Me.” As I listened to my own humming, I was so surprised at how the words were ingrained in my mind, or on my heart. I love the new worship songs as well, but it is amazing when an old hymn comes back to mind and with all four stanzas! Beautiful post and very encouraging to me this morning.

  4. yes, yes, Pam, this is an old familiar favorite hymn. these are the songs that come to us in the night, that bring us reminder of His faithfulness, that soothe and calm our anxiety. and yes, i’m with you. my grandchildren haven’t grown up with hymns. i can only trust that the worship music they have known will come to them in future dark nights of the soul.

    1. They are indeed, but there are (for me) worship songs running through my head many mornings when I wake up. What I love (one of many) about our church is it includes and interweaves both together many times. 😊

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