1st September 2019

Voice of Truth

“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.”
Psalms 42:5-6, 11; 43:5 (NIV UK)

You’ve probably seen the depiction of a person listening to two voices represented by a little angel on one shoulder and a little devil on the other? The angel represents good choices and the voice of truth. And the devil represents bad choices and the voice of lies.

While we know there aren’t little beings on our shoulders whispering into our ears, most of us have experienced times of decision when it feels like there is a war going on in our heads. We know it’s best to listen to the positive voice, but sometimes the negative voice can seem louder. That negative voice speaks against our true identity and purpose, which is found in Christ. It tells us we don’t matter, we aren’t loved, we aren’t good enough. It tells us lies about who we are in Christ. As we listen, we allow circumstances to shadow the truth of who God is and who we are in him.

The psalmist writes about such a time of back and forth thinking. On one hand, he is listening to the voice of hopelessness and despair, wondering where God is. And on the other hand he hears the voice of truth and looks to God, his refuge. As with each of us, the psalmist had bad days and good days. But he knew where to find hope—and we should too. We are comforted when we listen to the voice of truth and encouragement. In the midst of our worst struggles, we have the eternal hope of Jesus Christ continually reminding us as to who we truly are—God’s beloved children. This means you! You are a beloved child of God! Jesus, the voice of truth, wants you to recognise and know and live in the truth that you are His beloved.

Casting Crowns, a popular Christian music band, sings a song that speaks strongly to the inner struggle we all face. The chorus says this: “But the voice of truth tells me a different story/The voice of truth says, “Do not be afraid!”/The voice of truth says, “This is for My glory”/Out of all the voices calling out to me/I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth.”* May you listen and believe the true voice of Jesus.

Prayer
Almighty Father, so often the voice we hear is our own. Help us to be open to hear your encouragement and grace to give us the hope which at times we so desperately need. We pray in Jesus’ name.
Amen

Presented by Greg Williams

*Voice Of Truth Performed by Casting Crowns, written by Mark Hall and Steven Curtis Chapman, Recorded 2003, Label: Beach Street

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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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