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?
The 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.”