Do you long to hear God’s voice but feel kind of stagnant in that area of your Christian life? Are you desiring a deeper walk with God? Have you been frustrated when it comes to hearing from God? Today I’ll share some things that have helped me. It’s not a formula but it does involve a choice. In our busy, sometimes hectic lives, it’s easy for God’s voice to be choked out. Then we get frustrated, wondering how to connect with Him again. While God can speak to us anytime, it can be refreshing to spend focused time with Him, expectant and listening.
From John. 10:27, we can start with the premise that we do hear God’s voice. Jesus says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;”
For me, at times it is God’s response to my worship. This means setting aside time to come into His presence, fixing the eyes of my heart on Jesus and speaking or singing to an audience of One. I’ve noticed that many of the songs churches sing today are all about “me” and how “I” feel. That’s not worship. When we worship God, it’s all about Him; our focus is on Jesus alone. Let me give you an example. When I worship God, I praise Him for who He is. Worship is a form of prayer and its focus is Jesus while using such phrases as: You are wonderful, You are holy, I worship You. You are glorious. I exalt you for your mercy and grace. There is none like You. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Great are you, O God. I magnify and exalt Your name. You are my shelter, my refuge, my strength. Your wisdom is boundless.
The first few verses of many Psalms are worship. Singing is helpful, whether a new song (that is one you make up) or one you know. Psalm 33:3 “Sing to Him a new song…” Psalm 98:1 “O sing to the Lord a new song, For He has done wonderful things….” Focus on worship songs that lift up the name of Jesus. Psalm 22:3 declares that God is enthroned or inhabits the praises of His people. This is the secret place where we can meet God. Worship calls to God’s heart. It is in the midst of worship that we are most likely to hear His voice at a deeper level.
After worshipping, it’s good to quiet your heart and listen for God’s voice. He may tell you how much He loves you, offer direction or reveal something to you. It usually comes as a spontaneous thought. Psalm 62:5 says, “My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him.”
This is a good time to journal what you hear. Journal without analyzing. When God speaks, you can respond or ask a question. Then wait again, and write down what you hear. Later, you can review what you have heard, and if it lines up with Scripture and the character of God, it is probably from Him. You can ask an accountability person if you are unsure. Remember, when God speaks, it is to encourage, exhort, comfort and strengthen. It will never condemn, accuse, lie or be destructive. That’s another voice.
Hearing God’s voice is often followed by a sense of exhilaration, affirmation, joy, and blessing. This week I went shopping for a dress for my granddaughter’s wedding. On the trip to the mall, I spent time worshipping God, waiting on Him, and praying. One practical prayer was that He would help me find a suitable dress at a reasonable price. Several months prior, I had seen a dress I liked but hadn’t bought it at that time. Maybe it wasn’t on sale. Would it still be on the rack now? Sensing a closeness to God because of the connection of worship and knowing He is interested in all aspects of my life, I asked Him if the dress was possibly still there. After looking at a number of dresses, I sensed Him leading me to another rack of sale dresses. You guessed it. There it was, the only one left and it “just happened” to be my size, and the price was ridiculously low. I immediately felt a joy that God had blessed me. Maybe a dress is a simple thing, but to me, it felt like God delighting in me. Psalm 149:4 “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people….”
Isn’t connecting with God the essence of our personal relationship with Him? Treasure those times when you sense His presence and hear His voice.