There’s a song in Warrior Songs for the White Cavalry titled “Thy Will” (#100). In it is the phrase “The discords of life all are still.” This comes, as the song points out, when we give up our will and find God’s will. I think that applies nicely as we yield to His will and purpose in keeping the Sabbath. Doing so, we can enter that “door” at sundown, close it, and leave the discords of life on the other side.
I will confess that as I was trying to find this phrase, I thought it went this way: “The voices of life are still.” I think this is also a good thing to take place on the Sabbath. We are bombarded by many voices as we go through a week. Just the voices from the news world are enough to be overwhelming. Then there is the advertising world, and then the voice of people’s opinions on social media, which are all too plentiful.
We also have a spiritual enemy, the devil and his workers, that work overtime to whisper lies and pain to an already distressed world. Even our friends and coworkers may inadvertently say things that bring distress to our lives.
But perhaps one of the most common sources of distressing voices is from inside our heads and hearts. Doubts, fears, hurt, and angry reactions can all too easily find room in our thinking and crowd out God’s voice.
There is another song in the same book, “I Hear Thy Welcome Voice” (#45).
“I hear Thy welcome voice, That calls me, Lord, to Thee,
For cleansing in Thy precious blood that flowed on Calvary.
And the chorus:
I am coming, Lord! Coming now to Thee!
Wash me, cleanse me, in the blood that flowed on Calvary.
On this Sabbath let’s seek God’s help to leave behind those voices that are not His (perhaps voices we do not even know we’re listening to), and listen for His voice of love and comfort. As we find His voice speaking to us, let’s pray for a world that is drowning in an overwhelming number of other voices. Let’s pray that the earth will be still, so people can hear the Voice of the One who loves them more than they can know.
Have a great Sabbath.