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I Yearn To Hear Your Voice
 
"Thou makest thy complaints to them when any thing grieves thee; Why dost thou not bring them to Me, and let Me hear them? Thou art free with them; be as free with Me; pour out thy heart to Me." - Matthew Henry
 
In Song of Solomon 8:13, we read the words of the Bridegroom to His bride saying - "Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause Me to hear it."
 
Again, in Song of Solomon 2:14, we read His words - "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."
 
Actually, these are the words of the Lord Jesus to His Church. He is speaking to His spouse who dwells "in the gardens" or in the various congregations. He is opening up His heart to her - informing her of a situation which He desires to see changed - for it is affecting His relationship with her.
 
He has noticed that "the companions" of the bride or spouse are hearing of her daily "scoops" or happenings but He is not. She shares her deepest secrets or cares with "the companions" but fails to run to her Bridegroom with them. Her daily conversation is directed to them instead of to Him.
 
In both instances or verses, He shares the deepest longing of His heart when He says -
 
 "...let Me hear thy voice..."
"...cause Me to hear it."
 
He desires to hear often from her. In fact, He is infatuated with her voice and loves hearing her speak - "for thy voice is sweet."
 
What a turn of events is this! Usually, you would expect to hear or read a message pertaining to the church hearing God's voice. But here we are seeing that the Lord Jesus is longing to hear "the sweet voice" of His bride.
 
Think for a minute on your life. When was the last time that Jesus heard your "sweet voice" ? Was it this morning in prayer? Was it just an hour ago as you called on Him in a moment of crisis? Was it on Sunday as you shouted out your praises to Him? Or was it today as you witnessed to a co-worker about Him?
 
When He speaks of "hearing the voice" of His bride, He is not only speaking about prayer. He is referring to her praises...her preaching and teaching the Word of God...as well as her discussing His person, offices, righteousness, and grace to others - whether in conversation or in a witnessing mode.
 
There is no doubt about it! He greatly desires to hear her "sweet voice."
 
Proverbs 15:8 says - "...the prayer of the upright is His delight." He takes pleasure in it. Why? Because He finds the "sweet voice" of His spouse to be very appealing and loves to hear it as often as possible.
 
Proverbs 15:29 tells us - "The LORD is far from the wicked: but He heareth the prayer of the righteous." His ear is always leaning toward His godly one - yearning to hear her "sweet voice" - whether it be in prayer, praise, or in testifying of Him.
 
Read the following Scripture and take note of the passion behind the Lord's words meant to draw His spouse into conversation with Him -
 
"Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the Most High: And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me"(Psalm 50:14-15).
 
When you find yourself "in the day of trouble," what did the Lord say to do - Call upon your Pastor or the leaders of the church to pray?...get on the cell phone and tell everyone that you know about your troubles?...Or spill out all of your bad news before your family at the dinner table?
 
Nothing is wrong with any of the above - except when it takes the place of going first to the Lord Jesus and sharing your deepest secrets, cares, fears, troubles, or difficulties with Him.  That applies also to your greatest joys, surprises, thrills, and adventures. He wants to hear about them first.
 
How many people on this planet think that you have a "sweet voice" and don't mind you telling them all of your troubles all of the time throughout the entire day? Not too many! Even the closest of family members  will tire of hearing you talk all of the time for they, too, have troubles to share.
 
Jesus yearns to hear your voice.
 
He is actually calling out to all of us, saying -
 
"...let Me hear thy voice..."
"...cause Me to hear it."
 
And He doesn't just want to hear it in prayer but also in praise and in the preaching and teaching of His Word among the saved and unsaved.
 
Both Hebrews 4:16 and Hebrews 10:22 let us know that we have a constant "green light" when approaching the Throne of God -
 
"Let us therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need"(Hebrews 4:16).
"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water"(Hebrews 10:22).
 
Speak freely and speak up, O Church of the Living God!
 
Acts 6:4 implies what the disciples of the early church did - "But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word."
 
We belong to the same church, don't we?
 
Then let's do the same.
 
Let's "cause" the Lord Jesus - our Beloved Bridegroom - to "hear our voice" "continually."
 
Let it not be said of any of us that we are "free" to speak with other men but are not "free" with our Lord and Savior.
 
Let's make it a practise to always pour out our hearts to Him at all times.
 
May God Bless His Word.
Connie
 

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