More often than not I have started to catch myself using words for situations, feelings, sadness and anger that aren't all together butterflies and rainbows. Then I was gifted with a bible study by Kisha Gallagher who has her own website, Grace in Torah and has done a study called "Taste Your Words." So I want to start by saying that I have been inspired by her teachings and wanted to bring the conversation here to the lovely Heart Matters Publishing readers.
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer" Psalm 19 v 14
The whole of Psalm 19 gives us the most stunning exploration of God's creational essence and how the heavens declare that which was spoken into being in the first place, by God, back in Genesis 1. The way that Psalm 19 describes the heavens declaring the glory of God has an "other" kingdom perspective on what it means to bring glory, a word in Hebrew that means "weightiness" to God by just being what it is. Psalm 19 v 2 brings time to the picture, "day after day they pour forth speech, night after night they display knowledge". Gosh, what is it they know? From where do they speak? Who can hear their voice?
The wonder of heavens declaring and proclaiming the work of God's hands speaks to me about the natural order of praise that all creation is actually designed to abide in. Psalm 19 v 3 "There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world." I guess its studies like this that make me wonder whether we recognize the voice of God and how available it is to us. The Word of God reviving the Soul, the whole being of a person, the speech of God making man without excuse and in verse 7, " …making wise the simple."
This brings me into a greater understanding about what it means to be created in the image of God, after all we were given the ability for speech, to create with words, just like the creator of the universe, our Heavenly Father, the place and personhood of love. We have been given the same creational life force as God and I love what Grace in Torah came to teach me this week. The word for "mouth" in Hebrew is "Pey", the word for "here" is "Poh", meaning that when we speak we are almost saying, "here I am." What we speak is only here, right? But what we speak in the here and now can have endless ripple effects on so much around us and in us, so its with this thought that I return to the well-known verse of Psalm 19 and what it means for "The words of my mouth…..to be pleasing in your sight."
This study is shifting my thinking, its helping me, and maybe it can help you too. Matthew 12 v 36-37 resonates to the words of Psalm 19 and so many other scriptures that speak about the tongue, the mouth, our words. It says: " But I tell you that man will have to give account on the day of judgement for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
So, you know me, I unravel the thoughts and feelings of what is very present to me and my heart's desire is to truly live in a mindset and a habitual process where I "Taste and see that the Lord is good" (Psalm 34 v 8) more and more. That I will continue to grow in self control and steadfastness in how and when to use the precious commodity of words. That my words will create and taste of the goodness of God manifesting in the here and now, for me and for others. May we all know the creational life force within us, no matter whether the words fall on a page or out of our mouths. You are full of life my friend, create on!