Talk about convicted. I was driving home from a worship service this morning and was just thunderstruck by this thought. Think of the words to this song. They just…convicted is not exactly the right term, but He just opened my eyes in a way that I haven’t seen before.
There’s not many things you can tell me that the Lord says or does that I’m going to go, “I know, I know, I know.”
Every time He tells me something–helps me realize something new, it’s always astounding. Earth-shattering, light bulb-blinking, whatever you want to call it. It’s always exciting. Then I’m dumb-founded that I was so dense that I didn’t get it before now.
Today it was the words to this simple little song:
“I Love You, Lord and I lift my voice, To worship You, O my soul rejoice,
Take joy my King, in what you hear, May it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear.”
Now what was that? May it be a SOUND. Loud. Out loud. Verbal. Not a silent thought in your own head. Take joy my King, in what you hear; may it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear. He wants to hear it OUT LOUD.
I don’t know if you ever had a husband like some people have, (giggling here) I ain’t pointing fingers at anybody,…a husband to whom you’ve had to say, “you never tell me you love me.” You know what I’m talking about? And he’ll say, “yeah, well, I was thinking it”… Right!!
If it isn’t verbalized where you can hear the thoughts and intents of that person’s heart, the inflections in their voice, their very tone that speaks their intent–if you don’t hear it, for all intents and purposes, for all the effect it has on you, it just wasn’t said. If my husband loves me but he doesn’t actually tell me, then how am I supposed to know?
So. This is not about the husband at all. This is about the Lord. And how much he values hearing your praise, hearing your joy. Hearing your love for him. Hearing your broken heart; hearing your willingness to be forgiven. Any, ANY emotions, thoughts, decisions that you are imparting to Father God…yes, He hears you in your head, yes, He hears you in your heart. Yet that’s one of the ways that we are created in His likeness. He longs to hear that you care. How you feel. What you care about. He longs to hear you tell Him that you love Him. Say it.
Say it. Out Loud.
(Maranatha sings “I Love You, Lord” on YouTube if you’d like to hear it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5DnUvrxpeM)