Meditations by John Dean

Monday, March 12, 2012

She Knew My Voice

(1Samuel 26:17 KJV) And Saul knew David's voice, and said, Is this thy voice, my son David? And David said, It is my voice, my lord, O king.

Even though Saul intended to kill David, his anger seemed to diminish when he actually heard David’s voice. There is something about one’s voice that can either provoke another to anger or disarm them. As a result of David speaking to Saul with love and respect, Saul’s anger lost the fuel it needed to keep it burning.

When hearing someone’s voice, a picture begins to form in the listener’s mind; a picture of the history of the one speaking, as well as what they are presently wanting. This picture is formed subconsciously by the brain.

Without realizing it, one’s mind associates sounds and pictures together. For example, a mother may hear the cry of her child and sense what her child needs, even though the child may be in another room with many other children.

When my wife was pregnant with my youngest daughter and the baby would start kicking I would lay my hands on my wife’s stomach and speak to the baby. I would say, “Now, now...let’s be still,” or “Let’s be at peace.” As a result, my unborn daughter learned my voice and she would stop kicking.

When our baby was born, after the nurse wrapped her in a little blanket she was screaming at the top of her voice. I said to the nurse, “Let me have her.” As soon as I took my daughter and said to her, “Now, now...let’s be at peace,” she immediately stopped crying because she recognized my voice.

Even when we were in church and our baby daughter would start crying—as soon as she heard my voice she would stop crying. The sound of my voice seemed to have a supernatural calming effect on her, even to this day. Through the years my daughter has not only remained extremely sensitive to my voice, but she is also extremely sensitive to the Lord’s voice as well.

There is a communication in one’s voice that goes beyond the actual sound of it. David seemed to communicate to Saul on two levels. His words spoke something to Saul’s reasoning ability, but the sound of David’s voice also communicated something to Saul’s spirit.

We see this duality of communication all the time without realizing what is actually going on. There is an old saying, “I heard what you said, but that is not what you meant.”  In this case, what one did not say is louder than what they did say.

Our desire is to walk and communicate with You in such a way that our outward (or vocal) communication matches our inward communication. We want to immediately recognize Your voice in order that we may communicate to others by the same pure spirit.

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