40 Days in the Psalms – Day 37

Ps 148 – “Praise the name of GOD–he spoke the word, and creation came into being.”

Nothing in all of creation has the vocabulary — the words — that humanity enjoys. Other animals have sounds and various levels of communication, but we have words; nuanced sounds that form endless combinations of meaning. Even more, we have found ways to articulate these amazing combinations in entirely distinct language groups.

Yet, for all the wonder of words — if we stop and think about it — “the word” has suffered a great loss of confidence in recent generations. Too many words? Too many shallow words? Too many broken words? Too many manipulative words?

WordThe Psalmist reminds us of the most elementary purpose of the word; not to communicate, but to create. God spoke, and the world came into being. He did not need pre-existent matter. “In the beginning was the Word” (John 1:1).

Our words carry the same potential and the same power in GOD’s hands — first to create; second to communicate. We’ve often lost sight of the former and resorted entirely to the latter. We most typically use words to inform, not to inspire; to instruct, not to create.

Today we have an opportunity to honor Christ with our words; to let Him take our communication and use it to produce transformation. He spoke and the world came into being. Perhaps today he’ll take our words and change the world (ever so slightly but meaningfully) for those around us.

Speak prayerfully and trust Him to do with these sounds more than we could ask or imagine.

Breath Prayer for Today: “Use my words, Lord.”

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2 Responses to 40 Days in the Psalms – Day 37

  1. Scott says:

    Hi David,
    Great insight, “The Psalmist reminds us of the most elementary purpose of the word; not to communicate, but to create.” That got me thinking about a book I am reading.
    I have been enjoying Stephen C Meyer’s book Darwin’s Doubt recently. One of his premises is that life needs information in order to exist (i.e. DNA) and to have new bodies emerge new information is needed. Because of the explosion of life during the Cambrian period without fossil records of transitional life beforehand, Stephen asks the question, “Where did the info come from to create the bodies of the Cambrian period? And more to the point where did the information come from to produce the first body from which we all have allegedly evolved?” Information has no material substance, it is contained within the DNA molecule but the info itself is immaterial. Where did it come from?
    In the beginning was the Word. God who is Spirit has the information which is immaterial. The info is contained in the Word and when the Word created bodies via the information from God. Sorry to think with my fingers on your blog 

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