Today, Monday January 31
“His Voice as the Sound of Many Waters” Revelation 1:12-16 “Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
Have you noticed how many times here in Revelation 1 that the “Voice of the Lord” is mentioned and in how many ways it is described? Our voice is a God given gift and ability to communicate our thoughts, emotions and feelings. Our voice tells others what is going on inside of us. Our voice, and the way it is used, can encourage, comfort, inform, and bring peace to another person. But our voice can also bring hurt, fear, suffering and even death to someone! (Proverbs 18:21) (See also Matthew 12:36-37) Remember God made us in His image and our voice is a part of that image!
In the first century, when John is writing this last book of the Bible to the seven churches in Asia, they needed encouragement and comfort! They were undergoing tremendous persecution and tribulations by the Roman emperor, Diocletian. But at the same time they needed to repent and experience revival. At least five of the seven churches in Revelations 2 and 3 were told to repent. They needed to hear God speak!!!! Maybe that’s what we need in our churches today!
In Revelation 1:10, the Voice was “a loud voice as of a trumpet”. In verse 12, John “turned to see the Voice…”.
In verse 15, “His voice was as the sound of many waters”. When we look back in the Old Testament we see a similar description of the Voice of God. In Daniel 10:6, “The sound of His words like the voice of a multitude.” Ezekiel the prophet in captivity in Babylon had a similar vision. In Ezekiel 43:2, “And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory.”
I want you to read the entire chapter of Psalm 29 and get a glimpse of power and majesty of the Voice of the Lord!
“Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, Give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the LORD is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; The LORD is 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, Yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the LORD divides the flames of fire. The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness; The LORD shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the LORD makes the deer give birth, And strips the forests bare; And in His temple everyone says, "Glory!" The LORD sat enthroned at the Flood, And the LORD sits as King forever. The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.”
If there were ever a time we need a Word from God, it is today. Because when we hear His awesome voice we will fall to our feet in repentance and genuine worship. And it is then that the LORD will give us strength to face the trials and tribulations in our life and world. And it is then that we will experience His peace, despite what might be going on around us, because we will get a glimpse of His glory, power and majesty!
Today, a good place to begin to hear His Voice would be on our knees with an open Bible before us!