In a digital world, we are capable of hearing anyone speak from anywhere in the world anytime we care to.
But, I feel there is more to the “talk” when its live. I remember the first time I heard Louie Giglio, John Piper, and David Platt live. I remember hearing pastors week in and week out – those who were not only brilliant but also passionate and engaging and pastoral.
I can tell you that sitting with a friend, talking while sipping on chai, is much better than communicating via text (though if that’s all you have its awesome).
Also, when my husband travels for his work and we have to rely on calls, texts, or emails – it is a joy to hear him say hello in person when he returns.
Some people in the Bible got to have audible conversations with God. They also had people called prophets who were mouthpieces for God – communicating truth to the hearers.
David knew, as he was confessing his sin to a holy and just God – that the Creator would be justified in whatever he said, even if he chose not to respond. Truth that would be fitting to the situation.
Today, we have the voice of God in written form. It may not be quite the same as hearing God audibly, but the Word is living, active and purely true. We can stake our life on it. We can accept it. We need to cherish it. And I know I need to know it and love it more. And I will eagerly look forward to the day when I hear the voice of God – live in his presence.
Others: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Psalm 19