Practical messages for Impractical Times
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14
Anyone who studies the subjects of Anatomy and Physiology is aware of the amazing attributes of the human body. For those of us who refuse to acknowledge the concept of evolution; we base the complexity of our bodies on the fact that we were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and usually possess a greater respect of our bodies.
Let’s contemplate on the characteristics of the human voice. It has the ability to speak words, sing melodies, hum, make various sounds, imitate other voices, and laugh. We can also change the pitch, and tone according to our emotional state or the individuals we are communicating with. For example, if I am speaking to a group, I would not use a high-pitched tone which would distract from the subject of my presentation.
The voice is also a powerful tool that can convey love, compassion, gentleness, and promote healing by its soothing qualities, Mothers often sing to their babies or speak to them in loving sounds known as “baby talk.” Even patients who have awakened from a comatose state reveal that they can remember hearing voices.
The most important use of our voice is for prayer and praise to the Creator of all things. When we use our voices to thank God for the many blessings He continues to give us, then we are acknowledging His love, His grace, and His mercy. Our heartfelt prayers are sweetness to His ears. Are you aware that our voices were gifted to worship God?
When I visited my cousin in West Virginia last year, she recommended that I speak the words while reading the Bible. I did not readily accept her suggestion due to a lifelong practice of silent reading. However, in our daily Bible studies, I experienced a deeper spiritual connection to God through verbalizing and hearing His loving promises aloud. Imagine attending church only to read the sermon in print as opposed to a spoken presentation of God’s Word.
Use your vocal gift to give glory to God every day. A kind word conveys all of the characteristics of the Creator who made heaven, earth, and our wonderful bodies. Live in the spirit of gratitude by using your voice to acknowledge the giver through continuous praise.
Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for the wonderful gift of my voice. Please help me to always use it to convey your love and kindness for all human beings that you created in your image. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz