The Voice or THE VOICE

2015_Voice_s8_DKA_horz_ShowAbout_CC_1The Voice is NBC’s flagship entry into the arena of reality TV.  This Emmy Award winning program debuted in April of 2011, and it has risen to the number one spot in NBC’s primetime programming. The Voice showcases some of the country’s best unknown artists.

These aspiring stars are judged and coached by a panel four of the biggest names in music. The judges this year are Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Pharrell Williams.

Due to the popularity of the show, people associate “the voice” with The Voice; but, this hasn’t always been the case.

  • When Adam, not Levine, and his wife heard THE VOICE, it was “the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8 KJV).”
  • In Psalm 29, there’s a captivating description of the majestic voice of God: The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, is over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
  • John the Baptist described himself as: The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord . . . when John saw Jesus coming toward him, he said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:23, 29).”
  • Jesus spoke about the welcome sound of His voice: My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me (John 10:27).

While you might be a fan of The Voice, I hope you will listen to the words of Peter and heed THE VOICE of eternal life:  You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God (John 6:68-69).”

The Voice is Your Voice

The-VoiceLast night I had my TV tuned in to ESPN, so I could watch the Kansas State Wildcats play the Kansas Jayhawks in a game of basketball.  During a commercial break, I quickly flipped through the channels and found The Voice playing on channel 3.

NBC describes The Voice as “the Emmy Award winning, number one series on NBC, featuring the country’s best unknown artists and four of the biggest names in music as coaches.” Due to the success of the program judges Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Christiana Aguilera, and Blake Shelton have become household names.

The title of the show, The Voice, reminds me of the words of Psalm 5:1-4: “Listen to my words, O Lord, and consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.”

There is a voice that God listens for throughout each and every day of the Earth’s existence, and it is your voice.  God listens to your words, and He considers your concerns.

When you read this Psalm, you can discover several things:

  • The details of the prayer: It was not some haphazard exercise, but there was an appointed time to meet with God—“in the morning.”
  • The determination and discipline of the prayer: “I will pray” not “I might pray.”
  • The direction of the prayer: It was directed towards God (Jeremiah 33:3).

The difference between “The Voice” and “Your Voice” is this:  You have never had to compete to get the Judge to hear you voice and to get His attention.  You can approach Him boldly in your time of need (Hebrews 4:16), and you can have the confidence of knowing He always hears your voice: “The Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.  The Lord has heard my appeal for mercy; the Lord has accepted my prayer (Psalm 6).”

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The Broken Circle

circleThis past Tuesday night the contestants on The Voice sang “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” The aspiring musicians sang a different rendition of the song when it came to the word “Lord.” Instead of singing “Lord,” they substituted the word “Oh.”

In an effort to harmonize with the pitch of the producers, The Voice hopefuls were off key with the original message of the song. Changing from “Lord” to “Oh” might be a small change if all a person is concerned with is spelling; however, it has major implications when we consider the often skewed circle of a once grateful nation.

The producers of the show eliminated the “Lord” at the time our nation once expressed gratitude for His grace. Their lack of grazioso stated a motif that was more buzzard than blessing.

Kudos to coach Blake Shelton who said: “I was sitting in my chair singing that song how I grew up on it, with ‘in the sky, Lord, in the sky.’ I sang it as loud as I could. And that might be why I didn’t realize until after the fact that ‘Lord’ was either taken out, or it was just performed some other way.”

The title of this show, The Voice, reminds me of a story in I Kings 19. God spoke to Elijah and said: “Go out and stand on the mountain in the Lord’s presence.” At that moment, the Lord passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Suddenly, a voice came to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

Social media indicated that many of the people who watched the show asked the same question: “What are you doing!”

Doing what they did is a far cry from what President George Washington did when he proclaimed Thursday the 26th of November 1789 as a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer” devoted to “the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.”

Oh Lord, may I always remember Your blessings, grace, and mercy. For these I give thanks.