What language does God speak? You may say that of the hearer, but what many bystanders heard as God spoke to Yeshua and Paul was thunder or unintelligible sound. (John 12:29; Acts 9:7). What language do we speak to God? Our own, you may say, but scriptures says God knows want we will say before we say it. (Matt. 6:8). We are told repeatedly to ask and pray, to make petition and supplication to Him, to cry out. Scriptures says that God is Spirit and his worshippers must worship in spirit. (John 4: 24). “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” (1 Cor. 2:14). So, we know God by His Holy Spirit that dwells in every believer. He recalls scripture to our minds, He prompts us by His Spirit. He says that His sheep know His voice. (John 10:27). Believers hear God’s voice.
What language do you hear? We may hear English, we may perceive a mental picture, we may receive a sense or impression that is certain to our hearts, but which must be interpreted into English, if we are to share it with others. God is incomprehensible with our senses, but He has given us His Spirit so that we can fellowship with Him. God is unlimited, eternal, infinite, and all-knowing.
Why is it so hard to believe that to some (with faith to receive it) God would grant the ability to speak in another language. But some may question, “Why would God do that”? God would do it because it would be a blessing, delight, and edification to His child and allow that child to utter things that can not be expressed, nor understood in english or any language processed with the natural mind, rather than a language processed with the indwelling Holy Spirit. (1 Cor. 14:4). To be edified is to receive instruction or improvement morally or intellectually. To grasp the smallness of your own mental sufficiency and to exercise courage and faith in God, is significant edification. Some may question how is this possible? Yeshua responded to Nicodemus’ same query regarding being born again. ” ‘The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. ‘How can this be?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘You are Israel’s teacher,’ said Jesus, ‘and do you not understand these things? Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?’ ” (John 3: 8-12).
We have the mind of Christ. We are to renew our minds and have a sound mind. However, mental reasoning and assent is very limited when conversing with the Almighty. “For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.” (1 Cor. 14:2). In private communion and ecstatic praise and worship the Holy Spirit can empower those who believe to utter mysteries by the Spirit. It is quite appropriate in Spiritual exercise and prayer to be led by the Spirit. (Eph. 6:18). Unless there is an interpretation this language will be of no benefit to others. Similarly, if one receives a prophetic word or vision it must be interpreted into language and spoken in order to benefit others.
Limitations of speaking spiritual language are well-known and so clear that even unspiritual people can understand it. To those with little faith, they are most certainly proved right in their doubt, that God is no bigger than what can be completely understood in their natural human mind. Moreover, they may assert, “God has never caused me to speak in spiritual languages”. And they would be right because, “…without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Heb. 11:6).
Peter asks the Lord to call Him out on the water. The Lord granted it saying, “Come”, but is was Peter who stood up, stepped out of the boat onto the water and began to walk on the water. (Matt. 14: 28-29). God enabled it, but Peter took courage, got out and walked. It is by believing God’s Word, every word, and participating with the indwelling Holy Spirit, which is never in contradiction to His word, that the supernatural manifestations of the Spirit are experienced. God enables the language but we open our mouths and utter the words. These are gifts of the Spirit, but they may be refused. We may decide to bury our talents in the ground. They require faith and submission to the Holy Spirit, but also courage to open your mouth and express that which the Lord has given you. To do so in a gathering with interpretation is beyond what I’m discussing here, so all the limitations are irrelevant in private Spiritual communion.
Lastly, consider heavens demeanor. Heaven is ordered but it is also ecstatic, which means expressing overwhelming happiness or joyful excitement. In the glimpses of Heaven recorded in the Bible we see the outward behavior of the heavenly court and we are told that there is no crying nor sorrow. (Rev. 7: 15-17). God is there with Yeshua at His right hand. These are clearly ecstatic events for those present.
“Then I looked and heard the voice of many Angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.” (Rev. 5: 11-14).
“Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: ” ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.’ ” Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Rev. 4: 8-11).
Just reading these accounts fills my heart with joy and draws me into worship. I know this song which begins, “To Him who sits on the throne…”. The presence of God easily overwhelms me. Tears of joy can not be restrained and why should they, God rules, His lovingkindness to me is overwhelming and He has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. (Rom.5:5). Courage is what the Patriarchs and great men of the Bible exhibited. Courage to belief God without seeing or understanding how or what was to come next; we call it faith. May we find the courage to be thought a fool, to abandon the reasoning and excuses with which we are so comfortable, to believe like a child the straight-forward Word of God, and to become familiar with the language of the Holy Spirit.