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3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

4 When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.

5 A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers."

14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me,

15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

16 I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;

1 Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments.

2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed.

3 Wealth and riches are in his house, And his righteousness endures forever.

4 Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous.

5 It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment.

6 For he will never be shaken; The righteous will be remembered forever.

7 He will not fear evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD.

8 His heart is upheld, he will not fear, Until he looks with satisfaction on his adversaries.

9 He has given freely to the poor, His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted in honor.

10 The wicked will see it and be vexed, He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked will perish.

1 Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD, Praise the name of the LORD.

2 Blessed be the name of the LORD From this time forth and forever.

3 From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the LORD is to be praised.

4 The LORD is high above all nations; His glory is above the heavens.

5 Who is like the LORD our God, Who is enthroned on high,

6 Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in heaven and in the earth?

7 He raises the poor from the dust And lifts the needy from the ash heap,

8 To make them sit with princes, With the princes of His people.

9 He makes the barren woman abide in the house As a joyful mother of children. Praise the LORD!

1 When Israel went forth from Egypt, The house of Jacob from a people of strange language,

2 Judah became His sanctuary, Israel, His dominion.

3 The sea looked and fled; The Jordan turned back.

4 The mountains skipped like rams, The hills, like lambs.

5 What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back?

6 O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, like lambs?

7 Tremble, O earth, before the Lord, Before the God of Jacob,

8 Who turned the rock into a pool of water, The flint into a fountain of water.

1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth.

2 Why should the nations say, Where, now, is their God?"

3 But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.

4 Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man's hands.

5 They have mouths, but they cannot speak; They have eyes, but they cannot see;

6 They have ears, but they cannot hear; They have noses, but they cannot smell;

7 They have hands, but they cannot feel; They have feet, but they cannot walk; They cannot make a sound with their throat.

8 Those who make them will become like them, Everyone who trusts in them.

9 O Israel, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.

10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.

11 You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD; He is their help and their shield.

12 The LORD has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron.

13 He will bless those who fear the LORD, The small together with the great.

14 May the LORD give you increase, You and your children.

15 May you be blessed of the LORD, Maker of heaven and earth.

16 The heavens are the heavens of the LORD, But the earth He has given to the sons of men.

17 The dead do not praise the LORD, Nor do any who go down into silence;

18 But as for us, we will bless the LORD From this time forth and forever. Praise the LORD!

1 I love the LORD, because He hears My voice and my supplications.

2 Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.

3 The cords of death encompassed me And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow.

4 Then I called upon the name of the LORD: O LORD, I beseech You, save my life!"

5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; Yes, our God is compassionate.

6 The LORD preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.

7 Return to your rest, O my soul, For the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.

8 For You have rescued my soul from death, My eyes from tears, My feet from stumbling.

9 I shall walk before the LORD In the land of the living.

10 I believed when I said, I am greatly afflicted."

11 I said in my alarm, All men are liars."

12 What shall I render to the LORD For all His benefits toward me?

13 I shall lift up the cup of salvation And call upon the name of the LORD.

14 I shall pay my vows to the LORD, Oh may it be in the presence of all His people.

15 Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His godly ones.

16 O LORD, surely I am Your servant, I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid, You have loosed my bonds.

17 To You I shall offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, And call upon the name of the LORD.

18 I shall pay my vows to the LORD, Oh may it be in the presence of all His people,

19 In the courts of the LORD'S house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD!

1 Praise the LORD, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples!

2 For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD is everlasting. Praise the LORD!

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

2 Oh let Israel say, His lovingkindness is everlasting."

3 Oh let the house of Aaron say, His lovingkindness is everlasting."

4 Oh let those who fear the LORD say, His lovingkindness is everlasting."

5 From my distress I called upon the LORD; The LORD answered me and set me in a large place.

6 The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?

7 The LORD is for me among those who help me; Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me.

8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in man.

9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD Than to trust in princes.

10 All nations surrounded me; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off.

11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off.

12 They surrounded me like bees; They were extinguished as a fire of thorns; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off.

13 You pushed me violently so that I was falling, But the LORD helped me.

14 The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.

15 The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.

16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.

17 I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD.

18 The LORD has disciplined me severely, But He has not given me over to death.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness; I shall enter through them, I shall give thanks to the LORD.

20 This is the gate of the LORD; The righteous will enter through it.

21 I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me, And You have become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone.

23 This is the LORD'S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.

24 This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25 O LORD, do save, we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity!

26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the LORD; We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.

27 The LORD is God, and He has given us light; Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.

28 You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I extol You.

29 Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

Recognizing the Voice of God

John 10:3-5, 10:14-16

Have you ever been in a car with someone who is looking for a specific broadcast on the radio? While constantly adjusting the frequency, he cocks his ears and listens carefully. Station after station is rejected until he hears the familiar voice he’s been seeking.

In our Christian life, we know the importance of recognizing God's voice and tuning others out. When making decisions, we want to be sure we hear the right Person. The Bible assures us that as believers, we can distinguish God's voice from all others (John 10:27).

What are some of the conditions for recognizing His voice?

1. Be in range. The Lord’s voice is heard through Scripture. Take time to reconnect with God through His Word. Let the Holy Spirit bring to mind the truths related to your situation.

2. Be tuned to the right station. God always speaks words that are consistent with Scripture—He will never contradict it. Compare what you are hearing with His Word, and seek godly advice to be sure you have the whole counsel of God.

3. Be willing to make the necessary adjustments. Sometimes what God says conflicts with what seems logical to human reasoning. Or, it might clash with our fleshly desires. It can be tempting to dismiss a voice that disagrees with our preconceived ideas, but God’s children need to align themselves with His directions regardless.

Our Savior is calling; how easily do you recognize His voice? To know His voice better, spend more time in His Word. Today is a good time to start.

Bible in a Year: Psalms 112-118 

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