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Listen while you read: "Be Present At Our Table Lord"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 19:14 – May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (NLT)
The Internet is an amazing tool of communication. The World Wide Web was an unimaginable concept last century, yet today, the Internet's capabilities are almost taken for granted. At the push of a button and with the stroke of a key, we are instantly connected with people from around the globe. We now have the ability to connect with an individual or groups of people living anywhere on our planet. Our spoken or written words reach their destination in the time that it takes us to blink our eyes, and persist seemingly forever. In many cases, our words are permanent, and can be heard or viewed by anyone at any time.
Proverbs 18:21 – The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love to talk will have to eat their own words. (GWT)
Back in the 1930s, my grandmother was a pen pal to people from all over the world. In those days, correspondence took place between specific individuals. Letters were hand-written and mailed, often taking weeks to travel back and forth between correspondents. Regardless of the time lag, expense, and the intentional effort that correspondence required, connections were made and friendships were forged. I am aware of my grandmother sending God's Word and encouragement to people in China, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Today, I learned that some of my own words of encouragement spoken months ago had reached Saudi Arabia. Immediately, the magnitude of responsibility, privilege, and accountability for those words came flooding back. Scripture tells us that we are accountable for every word that we speak, because our words are containers filled with the power to help or hurt those who receive them. Let's be careful how we use them, and think before we speak!
Proverbs 31:26 – She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction]. (AMP)
Prayer: Loving Father, thank You for Your Word. Your Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Your Word is powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword. The heavens and earth were created by Your Word. Father God, You made us in Your image, so help us to be mindful of the power that our words hold. Today, may we speak only those words that lift and encourage others. Use our words and actions to connect the lost, hurt, or seeking with You. We ask this in Jesus' precious name. Amen.