No Threat Can Match the Sound of Heaven by Rev. Deborah Richardson

Sitting Under A Juniper Tree by Raymond Horner Jr.
Sitting Under a Juniper Tree

1 Kings 19: 1-13

It was just a few weeks ago, while riding to work, a song played on the radio. I was singing along silently bobbing my head, and I noticed that my husband was tapping with his hands but differently from the way I was. Being a singer, I was hearing the words, being a drummer, he was tapping to the beat, but he was also hearing the breaks in the music that the other instruments made because his head would tilt this way and that. And his facial expressions indicated that he could hear things that I didn’t.  I tried to hear what he was hearing, but I just couldn’t. I asked him to help me hear what he was hearing. He began to hum and tap out the rhythm and make the sound of the guitar and keyboard, and the bass and drums. Once he pointed it out, I became aware of all the instrumentation and nuances in that song.  It was a familiar song, but that day, I heard it more clearly.

Why Couldn’t I Hear It Before?

I was trying to figure out why couldn’t I hear it before? That is when this thought came to me. I have to know the song well, and I have to tune in to the whole composition because it is not just the words that make a song. It’s the instrumentation and the musicians who understand the message in the song.  My mind then began to think about sound. Once I said the word sound, it clearly came to me that there is a sound of heaven. It’s the sound created by God who uses it to message you and to message me.

Scientifically speaking, there are types of sounds the human ear can detect. The higher frequency sounds above 25 hertz or cycles per second is called ultrasound. It’s used in medicine to crush kidney stones, to view a growing baby in the womb, to heal damaged tissues. Ultrasound is used in weapons that can collapse a building.

Then there are low frequency tones or infrasonic sound which measure about 20-0 hertz or cycles per second. This infrasonic sound is the  frequency range used in monitoring earthquakes, charting rock and petroleum formations below the earth, and also in ballistocardiography  or the study of the heart. Doctors use infrasonic sound to trace how the blood pumps our heart and through these repetitive motions can detect abnormalities. Seismologists us the infrasonic low tones to detect volcanoes, avalanches, and earthquakes. Because infrasound has the ability to get around obstacles with little dissipation. Simply meaning this… The sound that leaves the original source is carried through the wavelengths, the sound is transmitted bouncing back without being impeded. In other words this infrasonic frequency allows the sound to  reverse, but the pressure or the power of the wave remains the same. Nothing is lost in translation!

 

Sometimes God Uses Infrasonic Sound to Speak to His People

God sometimes uses infrasonic sound to speak to His people. He wants us to experience the pressure of the sound as it was disseminated from Him. The word whisper in Hebrew means A Tiny Silent Sound. God speaks in infrasonic sound in our dreams, through promptings, when we pray, or even in opportunities. But we must be tuned in to God or we might miss the message.

The Prophet Elijah found himself in circumstances that called for him to tune in. There was a sound from heaven that he needed to face his situation.

As was read in the scripture, when Ahab reported to Jezebel everything that the Prophet Elijah had done, including the massacre of the false prophets of Baal, she became enraged and sent message to Elijah and threatened that by the same time the next day she was going to get even with him and he would be dead.

This truth I do know, the people of God are always under attack by those who hate God. And unfortunately, we are disliked by those who are in church as well. If we can think that we are in good with unbelievers, just bring up anything about God and your name will be mud and they will try to ruin your name, your position or your reputation. In the church if we are trying to live our best for Christ, we are told we are too holy. It doesn’t take all of that.

Elijah became so afraid, that he ran for his life. I have to admit that sometimes, we do get nervous when people try to destroy us. Sometimes we forget that no weapon formed against us will prosper. Elijah’s mind must have been filled with visions of what Jezebel was going to do to him, so he ran far south of Judah to the Beersheba.

He ran so far and so long that at a certain distance, he left his servant and ran further into the desert.  The came to a bush and collapsed in the shade and was so exhausted that he wanted to die. He prayed, Lord, I have had enough, just take my life!

Have You Ever Felt Like Elijah?

Have you ever been there? The pain of your illness was so excruciating you wanted to die. The betrayal of your spouse cut so deep, that death entered your mine. The bills were surmountable, the collection agency was hounding you, and sleepless nights were constant, death seemed like a viable option. I know some people who have lived through such devastating pain some, physical and some psychological and death seemed liked it was the best way out.

The Prophet Elijah exhausted from fear and despair fell asleep. An angel shook him and woke him up. Told him to get up and eat. A meal of baked bread was there with a jug of cool water. He ate and fell back to sleep. The angel came back and told him to wake up and eat some more because he needed his strength for the journey ahead.

God Sends Angels

Just when we are ready to throw in the towel, God has a way of sending an angel! It might be a parent who comes to you saying, “My son says that you are crying a lot during the school day”. You tell her your husband decided he didn’t want to be married any more. She nods and says, I understand, But, my son is in your class and he needs you. You have got to pull yourself together for your students who are counting on you.

Your angel could be the bank who calls and says, you don’t have to worry about anything because there is a program which you qualify.

Your angel could be the doctor who calls and says, “we have a good news,  your cancer is treatable. “

Your angel could be the person who smiles, hugs, or calls you just when you are about to go into a depression

Angels come, because they bring a sound from heaven that can’t even match the degree of the threat. They are God’s preemptive strike! God is about to deliver and he wants you to hold on a little while longer!

After the Prophet Elijah nourished himself he walked forty days and nights all the way to the mountain of God. He crawled into a cave and went to sleep.

Elijah Heard A Sound

Then he heard a sound from heaven, he heard God talking to him. They have a conversation, and the God told him to go stand on the mountain. While there a hurricane like wind ripped through the mountain and shattered the rock, But GOD was not in the wind. After the winds came an earthquake came, but God was not in the earthquake, and after the earthquake, a roaring fire , but God was not in the roaring fire, and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper came at which time the Prophet Elijah covered his because he discerns that God was in the whisper.

Saints of God today’s message was to remind us that God does not always come to us the same way, so we can’t think that how he dealt with us the last time be the only way we will accept He chooses to deal with us.

Sound is one way that he communicates to us. Sometimes he needs to shout and scream to get our attention. Especially if we are so wrap up in our own concerns that we neglect the things of God. Sometimes it is through challenging pain or circumstances to remind us that none of those things hinder Him from being God. But sometimes he uses the infrasound a of whisper to be sure that what you heard is what He said.

God, who on that same mountain used fire and smoke with Moses is now whispering in a still small voice to His servant Elijah. In that small voice he was able to quiet is spirit and give him the further instructions needed for the days ahead.

A Whisper, Why a Whisper?

·       When you whisper, you use your breath without using your vocal cords for the sake of privacy.

·       A whisper is intimate because you must be close to hear it. Since it’s intimate, it’s tailor made because not everyone is supposed to hear it. God whispered to the Prophet Elijah because he had to say somethings to him first to calm him and to remind him that Jezebel’s threats could not touch the man of God. God whispered to encourage him. He needed to be reminded that He was a servant of the most-high!  Finally, God whispered to direct him about the things he needed to do.

There are times when God wants us to press closely into him so he can whisper a word just for us!! He wants to calm our fears, encourage our spirit, and give us the directions that we will need in the coming days.

Because sometimes the sound from heaven is a whisper…

·       A Whisper can Change our mind of confusion into a mind of peace and remind us that He will keep you in perfect if your mind in stayed on Him.

·       A whisper can Change our sense of defeat into a sense of victory and remind us the when God is for us, who can be against us

·       A whisper can Change our carnal perspective into a Godly mindset reminding us that in God we live, we move, and we have our being!

·       A whisper can Bolster our confidence, and remind us that we can   do all things through Christ that Strengthens me

If we would be still and know that God is God! If we would just stop trying to hear what everyone else has to say, then we will hear the sound of heaven that will deliver, heal, and set free!

·       Because no threat can ever match the sound of heaven!!!

 

Quotes About Listening to God

 

“The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent.'” ~ Alfred Brendel

“Listening to God is far more important than giving Him your ideas.” ~ Frank Laubach

“God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” ~ Mother Teresa

“Are you learning to say things after listening to God, or are you saying things and trying to make God’s word fit in?” ~ Oswald Chambers

“Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.” ~ Malcolm Muggeridge

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” ~ Winston Churchill

We must tune into the infrasonic sound, so we don’t miss the sound of heaven. Turn off the television, the radio, the cell phone, and even your own voice. Be still and be open so that you can hear the sound from heaven. Hear the whisper of God in the silence of your heart, mind, and soul, and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that no threat can match the sound of Heaven..

“An Ancient Story for a Modern World”-Rev. Deborah Richardson Calvary Gospel Church

 

Tell me the story of Jesus is a hymn written by Fannie Crosby in 1880.
Tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word. Tell me the story most precious, sweetest that ever was heard. Tell how the angels in chorus, sang as they welcomed His birth, Glory to God in the highest, peace and good tidings to earth.
These words are words that never get old because it reminds us just how much God loves us. When I think of why Jesus was born, and how it benefited us, I am forever humbled and more in love with God.
The story of Christmas dates way, way, back before Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem. Before the wise men went to worship, before the angels sang glory to God in the highest, because God had a plan in place to save fallen creation. Revelation 13:8 records that All inhabitants of earth will worship the beast… all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the lamb that was slain from thefoundations of the world! God is not confined to our perception of time. He is limitless, almighty, and all-knowing. He knows all things that have been , that are, and are to come. Before Genesis 1:1, God knew a sacrifice would need to be made. So Christmas was conceived in the heart of God from the establishment of the world!   Back in the Garden of Eden when God placed Adam in it, Hecaused a deep sleep to fall upon him and took one of his ribs and fashioned it into a woman and Adam called her woman, because she was bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. And then that crafty serpent beguiled Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, and she gave some to Adam to eat. And their eyes were open. And when God walked through the garden in the cool of the day, and called to them, God asked, “why they were hiding”, and they explained that they had eaten the fruit from the tree of which he commanded them not to. God being a God, who does not lie, had to exact his punishment on them. He told them that they would return to dust and he banished them from Garden. He could do that, because He already knew there would be a Christmas!  God in his immeasurable love for us already had a plan He had to reconcile us back to Him. God also knew that the earth was the dwelling place for humankind, and that He needed a body to exist on earth. He knew Christmas was coming and would be the day that the angels would calm the fears of some shepherds who were tending his sheep . So he called into existence a virgin called Mary and His Holy spirit overshadowed her and she became pregnant. During her engagement to Joseph, he planned to put her away, but God being God, sent an angel to put him at ease. He let him know that the child that Mary was carrying would be the savior of the world, and giver of Salvation. This Christmas story that we are reminded of every single December, is the personification of the love that God has for the us! He wrapped himself in flesh so that he could live on earth and take on the death and punishment that we deserve. He knew that we were doomed to die, so Christmas had to come!  He knew the payment for sin was death, and so Christmas had to come.   God Almighty had to be bornso He could die for you and die for me!
So keep telling the ancient story of Jesus from generation to generation,  “ Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all [a]the inhabited earth. 2 [b]This was the first census taken while [c]Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a [d]manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is [e]Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a [f]manger.”13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men [g]with whom He is pleased.”
So keep telling about the Christmas story, because it’s the story that precludes the Resurrection story. The story of why God came to earth. To be give up his life. You know the story, he was betrayed by Judas, had trumped up charges made against him. He was condemned to die. They led Him up a hill called Golgotha. He carried that cross and when they placed it on the ground, he laid himself on it. The soldiers nailed him to it. And mocked him, they pierced  him in his side. The blood that he shed covered our sins, by the stripes that he endured we are healed. He gave out a loud cry and gave up the ghost. But…. That’s not how the story ends, on the third he rose from the dead with ALL Power in His hands. So you see Christmas had to come because it brought the savior of the whole world. This ancient story is a story needed for the modern world we live. It’s a classic because its message holds true as it did in ancient times.
Christmas had to come to bring a savior to earth so he could break the chains that bind us, and set the captive free, to make us fit for heaven where we will live eternally!
So tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word. Tell me the story most precious, sweetest that ever was heard. Tell how the angels in chorus, sang as they welcomed His birth, Glory to God in the highest, peace and good tidings to earth.Because this is not just a story. No, it’s not just a story, no not just any story, BUT reality!!!