28th June 2020

God’s Word of Truth

“The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty 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; the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl, and strips the forest bare; and in his temple all say, ‘Glory!’”
Psalms 29:3-9 (NRSV UK)

The childhood phrase: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a lie! The truth is, harmful words can hurt us and break us in hidden ways that are hard to heal. It’s easy to start believing the lies—especially if we don’t know the truth. Fortunately, we have a powerful voice of truth we can and should turn to. The voice of the Father, who spoke all creation into existence, is a voice which not only breaks a bully’s words but is a voice that brings healing to broken souls.

The Psalmist, quoted above, pictures the power of this mighty voice. And that sounds like a voice who gets the last word! His powerful voice drowns out any voice which opposes it. The voice of the bully is broken. When the Father’s voice is heard, all other voices bow down.

And if that’s not incredible enough there’s one more thing you need to know about the Father’s voice: He’s speaking to you. Just as the Father’s powerful words of love were heard over the waters of Jesus’ baptism, his words now can be heard in Jesus. Jesus is God’s powerful voice spoken to us. As we turn to hear him, he heals us of all our wounds and broken spirits and expels the words that speak harm.

The next time someone assaults you with hurtful words, don’t let those words distort the truth of who you are. You are God’s beloved.

Gracious Father, help us to hear your words and minimise the impact of other hurtful words. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study presented by Anthony Mullins

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. Anthony Mullins is a GCI Elder and Lead Pastor of Grace Communion Hickory in North Carolina. He is also Regional Director of the Southeast Region in the United States as well as the National Coordinator of the Intern, Pastoral Resident, The Orchard and Coaching Programmes for Grace Communion International. Anthony and his wife, Elizabeth live in Hickory, North Carolina.

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