“The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness. The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!'” “When he utters his voice there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth.” Psalm 29:3-5,7-9; Jeremiah 51:16
Almost all humans are born with voices, each distinct, recognizable, and used to communicate personality, impression, and opinion. God’s voice is so much more. It speaks forth His divine living and active word, but also is His instrument for the creating and the ruling of nature and the world, for guiding His own, and for judgment. (Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 33:6; John 1:1-4; 10:27; Isaiah 11:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:8)
While the activities of these two voices seem disparate, I must consider the power of my voice to create or destroy confidence or hope, to encourage or tear down, to build or break a spirit, to express love or disdain, to calm and comfort or incite fear, to point to truth and God’s path or lead astray, to speak blessing and gratitude or utter complaint.
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” Proverbs 15:1-2,4
O Living Word, Giver of my voice, I offer it to Thee. Guard my mouth that I not sin with my voice; may its tone be pleasant and honoring to You, Pour Your grace on my lips, lace my words with praise and kindness, and use them to upbuild, encourage, and console. (Psalm 39:1; 19:14; 45:2; 1 Corinthians 14:3)