With my musical training, much attention has always been given to the timbre or tone color/quality of sound. What exactly does that mean? It's simplistic definition is this: Timbre is what makes a particular musical sound different from another. It is what distinguishes a guitar from a trumpet, major keys from minor, soprano from alto, and so on. To get more specific, one who studies music must learn to determine the quality, not only of major and minor chords, but of difficult sounding diminished, augmented, half diminished, seventh and even blues chords; even to the point of intervals, musical styles/genres, and periods of music through history! We used to play "drop the needle" (on a record player) to study for our music theory and history tests. To pass, we had to identify instruments, musical time period, genre, the title of the music and the composer! I have learned to listen carefully to what I hear! If you are not a musician, you still can relate to what I am speaking of because you differentiate sound all the time! You know the sound difference (timbre) when you hear the ocean or a rippling brook, the sound of a car door slamming to that of a house door, or more importantly, the sound of peoples voices! Right now, you don't really know if this is Sherry speaking or not...because you can't hear my voice. But if you know me, and I were reading this to you, you would know right away that it is me, because of the timbre of my voice! Or, you may have realized it was me because of the style with which I write!
I just returned from vacation and during my time away, I got to experience the timbre of voices from many cultures! Close listening and study has helped me identify the countries from which people were visiting the states. I was "right on" with most of them, but in my conversation with one lady, I was not sure. It was a dialect from Holland. I have not had much experience with this timbre, so I had to ask. So where am I going with all of this talk about timbre?! Sometimes God gives me odd things to ponder! A musing! It's simply...the voice and the sound (timbre) of each unique individual. Yeah, I'm a little weird when it comes to pondering! But in doing so, I always know that these crazy thoughts are placed in my brain for a divine purpose. They are creative thoughts to help me better discover more about my Lord and His love for me!
On a side note:
There are certain voices that bring me comfort, encouragement and happiness. Those are the voices that I have heard for many, many years. They are of my parents, husband, family and close friends. I hear these voices on a regular basis. They have each learned the status of my well being by the sound of my voice and I have learned theirs as well! It has come with much communication and listening.
There are times that I simply need to hear the voice of those whom I love. Sometimes I haven't heard from them in a while, or other times, I know they are going through challenging times and I just want check in with them and hear the sound of their voice! Hearing the sound of their voice gives me much insight into their emotional state or heart attitude...how they are really doing! This helps me know how to pray for them or if they need encouraging. You probably do the same thing but have never thought too much about it. :~)
"Like the eyes are the window to the soul, the voice is the doorway to discovering authentic emotion."
When teaching my students about the their voice,
I always use this little chant:
Talk, Sing, Whisper, Shout!
That's what my voice is all about!
In my pondering about the voice and it's significance, I have found and am reminded of many scriptures that actually deal with the 4 types of voice. Perhaps you will find this interesting, too!
God's word declares the importance and power of the voice!
He uses His voice for me!
Interesting that the Bible is the WORD - and He is the WORD.
WORDS are for communication. He longs for us to "commune"
with Him...to communicate. It's a 2 way street!
"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." James 4:8
Just like I like to hear the sound of the voice of those I love, I believe that the Father loves to hear the sound of his children's voice. In your time alone with God, do you speak aloud?
The voice reveals much!
I believe speaking aloud is not so much for His benefit, but for ours! He knows everything already, anyway!
Consider Psalm 5: 1-3
1 O Lord, hear me as I pray;
pay attention to my groaning.
2 Listen to (the voice of) my cry for help, my King and my God,
for I pray to no one but you.
3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.
Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
Speaking aloud does 2 things:
Since "communing" is a 2 way street, and I believe that the Father loves to hear our voice, I also began to think about the times He spoke specifically to others by calling them by name. God even changed the name of many who trusted Him. Research has proven that we all love to hear our name spoken. As a teacher, calling by name can bring about great results. There is much power in speaking someones name and in how you speak it. Hearing our name can make us feel loved, get our attention, make us feel proud, or identify worry for us from another as our name is spoken. Can you think of examples when Jesus called people by name? Imagine the emotion that each person felt as they heard the voice of the Almighty call their name. I challenge you to jot down a list and then look up the scripture and read them this week. I'm sure the Holy spirit will reveal much to you through His word as you read. He has a way of doing that! Also, ask Him to help you remember the times that He has called you specifically by name. Jot them down and reflect on them. I think you will be blessed as you take a walk down Memory Lane. The voice of God is amazing! It is my heart that hears Him, but there have been times that He has used the voice of someone else to speak directly to me. It is my desire to be like Samuel and respond, "Here am I, send me." 1 Sam. 3:4
"The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me."
John 10:27 Amplified Bible
One song that keeps coming to my mind is "Softly and Tenderly Jesus is calling..." please take 5 minutes to listen to this beautiful hymn sung by a person unknown to me. When looking for lyrics to insert into this blog, I came across this YouTube video. It is anointed! We all know that our days are numbered and only what is done for Christ will last. I plead with you to listen carefully for and to His voice! Don't hesitate...Obey what he asks of you. Someone's soul could be in the balance. Someone may need an encouraging word, a tender touch, a word of wisdom, a warning, a simple hug or a phone call...perhaps someone needs to hear the timbre of your voice! Maybe God wants to use you to be His mouthpiece to deliver a message!
Time is clicking by.
Jesus is Calling.
He calls us to a response.
What is your decision?
How long has it been since He heard your voice?
How long since you heard His?
Watch and listen to these beautiful words written by Will. L. Thompson.
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