Words from the Heart for Friday May 11th, 2018
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
Psalm 33:6 (NRSV)
By the Word of the Lord
What a wonder are the ways of our God! This statement of praise to the Lord refers to what we read in the beginning of our Bibles. The Lord spoke and said, “Let there be…” and the marvelous creation of all that our eyes can see and what is beyond our ability to see came into being! How great is our God!
According to Cottage Life, the following sentence, filled with unique Canadian words, would be unintelligible to anyone from outside Canada: “I’m going to collect the loonies and toonies out of my knapsack and pick us up a double-double and some Timbits, then we can have that back bacon for breakfast. If you spill your Tim’s because I’m driving 20 clicks over the speed limit, I’ll give you a serviette to use in the washroom. Save me a seat on the chesterfield, eh?”
When I was in my early teens, I took my Bronze Cross training with the Red Cross at our family cottage. Part of that was learning how to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, which we all found a bit challenging, and embarrassing. Later, however, I learned that one of my boyhood friends who took the same training as I did, saved someone’s life, and we understood how important the training was. Breath gives life. The Bible understands this to be true in more than just a physical sense. Psalm 33:6 says, “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth.” When God speaks, He creates. While our words have power over the emotions and spiritual life of others, none of us are able to create the physical simply by speaking. But God can and does. And in His breath there is life – proven by Him breathing life into Adam, the first man. His word still has power. He has spoken to us through His Word, the Bible, and when we read it, His life is breathed into our hearts and souls.
These have been words from the heart.