Ps.95:7 – For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.
“Today if you hear His voice” – I remember as a young Christian hearing the other believers talking about hearing from God. That seemed beyond the pale for me, how could anyone have a relationship with such a God. But as I began to grow in the Lord I began to understand this profound mystery. God is speaking, He is always speaking. Only those who have been born again can begin to understand this unthinkable mystery. The Lord was speaking to the children of Israel in Moses’ day, the good news is that He is still speaking. In the Old Covenant the Lord spoke through the prophets, today He is speaking through His beloved, Jesus. The most common way to hear from God is simply reading the Bible. It is alive and the Lord speaks to us loud and clear as we read His book. Here are some comments from Spurgeon on this passage.
“We are his, even as sheep belong to the shepherd, and his hand is our rule, our guidance, our government, our succor, our source of supply. Israel was led through the desert, and we are led through this life by “that great Shepherd of the sheep.” The hand which cleft the sea and brought water from the rock is still with us, working equal wonders. Can we refuse to “worship and bow down” when we clearly see that “this God is our God for ever and ever, and will be our guide, even unto death”? But what is this warning which follows? Alas, it was sorrowfully needed by the Lord’s ancient people, and is not one whir the less required by ourselves. The favored nation grew deaf to their Lord’s command, and proved not to be truly his sheep, of whom it is written, “My sheep hear my voice”: will this turn out to be our character also?”
Do you ever hear from the Lord? When you do, you begin to come out of the natural, trouble ridden world and enter into His promised rest. The key word in this scripture passage is rest. The Lord has accomplished a great victory through His death and resurrection. We are now in His kingdom enjoying His benefits. If you follow closely, investigating the ministry of Jesus, you will find others that ceased from their own works and became seated together with Christ, enjoying the benefits that come with that relationship. The easiest way to experience all of this; just read the book.