Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sound and Noise

I’ve started working, again, on a word that God gave me back in 2009.  This word is based on the effects of sound on both the physical and spiritual things inside us and surrounding us.  I want to start this study by telling you that the loudest sounds you will ever hear will come from your thoughts, and much of the time those thoughts will be rooted in the spirit realm.  In fact those thoughts can sometimes get so loud and jumbled, that it comes across as nothing but static and noise.  So how do we learn to filter out the static and noise and still let in the things we need to hear?
Here are just a few things I’ve found that not only help me filter out noise, but benefit my mind and body as well!
1.       Exercise.  Physical activity focuses your mind and allows you to think clearer.  I’ve recently made a commitment to myself, as I’ve hit, what seems to be, a major growth spurt, spiritually, that I will hit the gym every day for a while just so I can spend time focused in prayer.  The benefit of this is obvious, and the byproduct is a noiseless environment where I can speak and listen to my Father.
2.       Worship.  There is such an incredible power in worship because it is an act of humility.  The original context of the word “worshiper” was used to describe those who would sweep and prepare the temple.  How appropriate!  When we enter in to worship of God, we need to lay everything down and focus on Him.  You can think of the “laying down” part as sweeping the temple!  You are preparing the way for the thoughts of your Father to take over!  You are tuning your spiritual ears to hear His voice!  While you will not become deaf to the static, you will find yourself recognizing it more quickly, and then tune it out.  
3.       Psalms.  Read Psalms!  The book of Psalms is completely made of songs that were written as an outcry to God!  You can see as King David moves from moments of strength to moments of weakness and on to moments of peace and then to turmoil.  The big factor here is his stance.  He always turned to God.  In the good, the bad, the joy, the sadness, the pain, and the healing.  David probably had so much noise jumping around from all over that if he didn’t stay tuned in he would have gone nuts!  I find that Psalms is a fantastic place to meditate on God. 

I’m going through this right alongside you, which is largely why I’m writing this today.  This is a way that I can focus my mind and spirit.  I’m actually sitting at my desk, at work, with my coffee, about 30 minutes before my shift officially starts.  I’m finding that if I don’t take even just 30 minutes a day to do this, I end up a mess by the end of any given week.  Will you walk with me as we learn how to filter the noise, and listen to the sound of God?