“The Voice Of His Child”
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
I remember the days when my son was only 4 years old and we would sit together in this overstuffed chair in our living room, he on my lap, and he would go on and on talking about his day, or something he saw, or sing his favorite song to me. And in those moments, I was captivated by his sweet, innocent voice talking to me. At times, I was not paying as much attention to what he was saying as I was intoxicated by the sound of his voice. I just melted away!
Have you ever had moments like that with your children? Of course you have. We love and adore our children and we recognize qualities and characteristics in them that most folks would overlook, and derive such joy in being with them and near them. Such is the case to an even higher extreme with our loving God. He is our heavenly Father, and as such, He, too, cherishes the moments when He hears our voice speaking or singing to Him. He knows the unique sweetness of each of our voices and it touches Him to hear us.
So why is it that we get so self-conscious when we worship? If we continue to use the imagery of children, they have no inhibitions! They sing loud and proud and are not worried about what other people think. There’s a little girl in our neighborhood who can’t wait to get home from school and run to the playground that is across the street from our home. From inside my house I can hear her singing full throated as she rides on the swing set! She sings and swings for hours, and it is such a sweet sound. She’s not the least bit self conscious. I think we adults have lost some of that childlike heart which causes us to worry about what people will think.
“Thank God! Call out his Name! Tell the whole world who he is and what he’s done!
Sing to him! Play songs for him! Broadcast all his wonders!” 1 Chronicles 16:8-11 (MSG)
We should be singing to God just like that little girl on the swing, with full throated abandon, because, after all, He saved us! He loves us! He forgives us! He has adopted us! He is preparing a place in heaven for us! Think about those qualities of your heavenly Father. If we can shout and scream for our favorite sports team that never did a thing for us personally, can’t we lift our childlike voice to the one who created the heavens and the earth, rescued us and continues to save us each and every day? We can sing and talk and open ourselves up to the amazing Savior every day. Are you worried that you don’t have a great singing voice? Well… do you tell your 4 year old child to stop singing for you because they don’t have a great voice? No! You LOVE that voice, because it belongs to your very own.
God feels the same way about your voice! He loves it, He melts at the sound of it. So, go ahead…sing for Him…talk to Him…Sit in His lap and tell Him about your day. He’s listening and He loves it!!
“Why am I praying like this? Because I know you will answer me, O God! Yes, listen as I pray.” Psalm 17:6 (TLB)