Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord.” May this verse from David’s Psalm be my daily prayer. Words are so important, they are the vehicle that carries life or death. John 6:63, Jesus said, speaking of Himself, “….the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.” They came from the divine source of His Father. He declared that He only spoke the words His Father gave Him, (John 14 verses 10 and 24).
Acts 2 records the day of Pentecost when Jesus’ disciples were gathered together in the upper room. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit who gave them utterance. Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Utterance is something that comes from being filled with the Holy Spirit, not just other tongues but also words in our native tongue, sourced from the mouth of God.
The Apostle Paul, though an erudite man, recognised his need to be dependent on the Holy Ghost for utterance. Ephesians 6:19, Paul prays, “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.” It is a humbling experience when we recognise that the mysteries of the gospel can be declared through our mouths, as the Indwelling Christ speaks life and health from His divine source to extend His kingdom. Sometimes we may not be aware of the Spirit of God speaking through us, but for the times that we are, it behoves us to remember the source and power of those “proceeding words” are divine, sent to extend the kingdom of God, for His glory and divine purpose.
Again, in Colossians 4:3-4, Paul declares his dependency on the Lord for words to share the gospel, “Praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”
When I am depending on the Holy Spirit, He can give me words of life for a person. His word is creative and once received, in faith, fulfills itself. God’s word does not need “propping up” or man helping out. God’s word is the sword of the Spirit, and only the Holy Spirit can wield it.
Hebrew 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even unto the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians from his prison cell. He declared he was “in bonds” for sharing the gospel and speaking the mystery of Christ, (Colossians 4:3). My heart needs to be “in bonds” to Jesus Christ, tied to Him willingly, seeking only His will and purposes, with my ear inclined to His Holy Spirit that I may speak the words of spirit and life, and give a word in season.
Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.” Many folk have an answer for everything, but their words are based on worldly wisdom and their answers do not “touch the spot”. Unless my words are “seasoned with salt” (divine wisdom) they are tasteless. Seasoning adds savour!
On reflection then, let us pray from a sincere heart David’s prayer:
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14