A couple of times a week, there is a 3:00 AM train that crosses the railroad track about a mile or so from my house. Sometimes I am awake when it barrels through; sometimes it wakes me. I often wonder what kind of train it is. Is it a freight train or a passenger train? How many cars is the engine pulling? How fast is it going? It is interesting how the sound, the rumble and the clackety clack of the wheels on the rails, waft through the air and makes a big sound.
There are several passages in the Bible that attest to the power of sound. Genesis 3:8 is one of the first scriptures that talks about sound. The verse says in part, “They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.” It was audible, a big sound, so much so that Adam and Eve hid themselves. Has God ever walked in your life? Have you ever hidden from God?
God frequently walks through our lives. For some, his presence goes unnoticed. My grandma used to say, “Thank God for waking you up each day clothed in your right mind with the use and activity of your limbs. You did not have to wake up this morning and the bed you slept in could have been your cooling board.” Amen. Take notice. For in “Him we live and have our being,” (Acts 17:28). Sometimes God walks through, at other times he walks before us, behind us, or beside us. Many times, he carries us. God is always there for us.
When Ezekiel shared his vision of God’s glory returning to the temple, he noted that God’s “voice was like a noise of many waters,” (Ezekiel 43:2). Job 37:2 says to, “hear attentively the thunder of his [God’s] voice, and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.” John also talked about the voice of God. In Revelations 14:2, he says, “And I heard a voice from heaven as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder.” Have you ever heard the noise or thunder of God’s voice? Did you hide from it or did you bask in the glory and awe of it?
There is never a need to hide from God. He is omnipresent. He sees all, knows all, and suffers all to be so. Note, Jeremiah 23:24 says, “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.” Psalm 139:12 adds that even in darkness, you cannot hide. For many of us, we have had times when our actions and decision making has not been stellar. Frankly, we may have wanted to hide. Even in those times, God was always there for us.
There are other examples of the power of sound in the Bible. At Pentecost, a sound came from heaven. Acts 2:2 says it sounded like a “rushing mighty wind.” When David fought against the Philistines, the Lord told him to wait to strike until he heard the sound of marching in the tops of the trees (2 Samuel 5:24). When Joshua and his army marched on Jericho, he was told to wait until he heard the sound of a long blast and then to have his army give a loud shout. The walls of the city fell down (Joshua 6:5).
Has God ever told you to wait? Has he ever orchestrated a victory in your life? Did you use the sound of your voice, your hands, or your feet to give thanks? God is our number one cheerleader. He loved us so much that he gave his only begotten son so we would not perish and have everlasting life (John 3:16). He deserves our praise.
Psalms 47:1 tells us to clap our hands and shout to God with the voice of triumph. Psalms 100:1 encourages us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. If we can hoot and holler at sporting events and concerts and other venues, we can hoot and holler for the Lord. Remember, different kinds of praise may require us to make noise. For example, Shabach means to shout! Taquah means to clap your hands. Yadah means to extend your hands. Towdah means to lift your hands. Tehilah means to sing! Halal means to celebrate and Kara means to dance. Give him praise.
God sometimes comes in a loud noise, a rumble, a rushing mighty wind, the voice of great thunder, the sound of many waters, or even in a still small voice. No matter the circumstance, God is always there for us. “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation,” (Psalms 95:1).
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