A dear friend of mine shared this great “Thanksgiving 30 Day Scripture Writing Plan” on her page. It’s a pdf file found at http://www.swtblessings.com. Our family already has a few traditions for my favorite time of year, but I loved the idea of purposely copying what God’s word has to say about thankfulness. I saw the post yesterday and my original desire was for us as a family to copy the verses together before starting our regular homeschool work. Sometimes plans work and sometimes they don’t. Yesterday they didn’t.
This morning during my devotional time I decided to copy the verse myself from day one. I’m already 4 days behind, but I didn’t think God would mind. I just had this desire to start because I did not know what this morning would hold.
O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands have formed. O come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would listen to his voice!
There is so much truth beauty and truth in this passage! What a wonderful praise to our Lord. But the part that particularly spoke to my spirit this morning was the last line, “O that today you would listen to his voice!”
For me there is a huge difference in hearing and listening. I know I have this discussion with my children often. To hear means 1) to perceive with the ear the sound made by (someone or something). 2) be told or informed of. 3) be aware of; know of the existence of. To listen is defined as to give one’s attention to a sound. Lord, let me not only hear from you, but obey your voice when I listen.
I don’t want to just perceive you saying something to me. Let me listen and give my full attention to your voice. Let me worship you with my whole being and heed what you are telling me. Let my focus today be squarely where it should be_on you. Let me yield myself to your voice and follow your will for me today. I want to listen to your voice as you guide my interactions with my husband, my children, and anyone you choose to allow to cross my path. I want to surrender myself to the blessing of your voice.