(From the The Message Translation)
How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I'm single-minded in pursuit of you;
don't let me miss the road signs you've posted.
I've banked your promises in the vault of my heart
so I won't sin myself bankrupt.
Be blessed, God;
train me in your ways of wise living.
I'll transfer to my lips
all the counsel that comes from your mouth;
I delight far more in what you tell me about living
than in gathering a pile of riches.
I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you,
I attentively watch how you've done it.
I relish everything you've told me of life,
I won't forget a word of it.
Words have always been a powerful thing in our world and will continue to be. Words from God- powerful and full of incredible meaning. Words from world leaders- have been influential and at times incredibly destructive. Words from musical groups- have been sung over and over, and memorized. Words from our friends- comfort us. Words from our enemies- try to break us.
On a personal note I had a "God moment" last evening while attending our Wednesday night Disciple Bible Study. It was an evening filled with personal words from members of the class. Words of experience, encouragement, wisdom, and love. In a day when a lot of the words we may here in our lives might be criticism, negative, and hurtful. I loved being a part of a group whose words were uplifting, encouraging and spoken to build one another up in love! To the members of that disciple Bible Study a huge thank you for the words you spoke. I know that God was very present in our discussion and that He was speaking to hearts and lives that night!
May we continue to use our words to encourage. May we be mindful and listening to the words God has for us from one another. And may we be sure to spend more and more time in the Word of God!
Extra Reading / Listening
If you have the time click the link below to listen to the song Words by train. There are 2 reasons I wanted to include this song with this post. 1- Are the words that come from us constructive or destructive? Think about the words that are coming from your mouth. 2- There are words in the world that will try to separate us from God. I personally see lyrics in this song that reflect our relationship with God. God saying to us: "I'd give anything, but I won't give up on you." Us saying to God: "Like stones in my pocket people try to wear me down. Someone always wants to take the love I've found."
"Words" song by the musical group Train
(you can click the title to go to a youtube video of the song)
Here are the lyrics to the chorus:
Words they'll try to shake you
Don't let them break you
Or stop your world from turning
When words keep you from feeling good
Use them as fire wood and let them burn