7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice,
At this point the Holy Spirit began to quote Psalm 95.
The word “today” carries a sense of urgency. Now is the time to listen to what God is saying to every believer (He 4:12). Hebrews uses the word “today” eight times (He 2:7; 3:7; 13, 15; 4:7 (two times); He 5:5; 13:8).
if you will hear His voice,
The “if” here is conditional. The condition is to hear God’s voice, His revelation. Reversionist Hebrew Christians were not responding to what God said; rather, they were hardening their hearts to it.
It is urgent that we deal with our problems in the present moment.
Many Christians begin their Christian lives well but end poorly. Putting off our problems makes our issues worse. It is much better to deal with them before they compound and become more complex.
There is such a thing as dealing with momentum when it comes to sin. We need to confess our sin before it gains a foothold and begins to establish impetus. Momentum sinning can gain its own energy and thrust. We put the brakes on sin by confession (1 Jn 1:9). Confession of sin allows us to “hear His voice”; it prepares our soul to respond positively to what God says. God still speaks to believers today through His Word.