Thursday, August 11, 2022

Orange Moon Thursday, August 11, 2022 "Sweet Is Thy Voice"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…


               "Sweet Is Thy Voice"


    In human relationships, we require a measure of mystery to maintain interest in our communications with each other.  If we knew what we were going to say or write to one another, we likely would not expend time or effort in doing so.

   Conversely, God in His infinite foreknowledge knows everything we are going to express to Him, and yet still anticipates our communication with the keenest interest.  Upon every reflection of this fascinating enigma, one thought comes to mind: it must be love.  It is.

   "O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let Me see thy countenance, let Me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely" (Song of Solomon 2:14).

   Through Solomon, God foretells of a time when His people would spiritually dwell within His Son: "hid with Christ in God" (I Corinthians 10:4; Colossians 3:3).  He sees us through the lens of the Lord Jesus, as it were, and thus, as His "dear children" (Ephesians 5:1).  Of such ones, the perfect knowledge of what we will express to Him does not affect the joy He finds in our communications.  "The prayer of the upright is His delight" (Proverbs 15:8).  Again, this is difficult to conceive in human terms, but perhaps not as much as we might imagine.

   I think of my daughters and son, long past the days of their early childhood when they first learned to speak.  How I would love to hear those new little voices again, even if I knew exactly what they were going to say.  While the content would matter much, the mere sound of their voices seems as if it would matter more.  Sweet indeed would be that sound because of the place they hold within my heart.  Perhaps this serves as a tiny inkling of how God views us, and of the words He has forever known we would express, along with the "delight" He has forever known He would experience when hearing them.

   "Sweet is thy voice… the prayer of the upright is His delight."  These are challenging truths around which to wrap our hearts and minds, particularly in light of God's infinite foreknowledge of the prayers our voices will utter.  However, even a cursory consideration of the Bible's revelation of our Lord's love for us grants at least a hint of why He beckons to His trusting sons and daughters in Christ, "Let my hear thy voice" (Song of Solomon 2:14).  With even less understanding than we possess of such sublime wonder, King David knew the best response…

"He shall hear my voice."
(Psalm 55:17)

Weekly Memory Verse
    For we walk by faith, not by sight."
(II Corinthians 5:7)







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