Psalm 54:Save me, O God, by your Name; in your might, defend my cause. Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.
A study of the purposes of spoken language indicated that “only about 36% of utterances even purported to be statements of fact.” The findings went on to say that many of the other functions involve, “simply letting the person know [we] are listening.”
The cosmic word--the Word of God--serves a very similar purpose in that it lets us know that we are not alone. The Word of God takes human shape in the body of Jesus and consequently in other humans, rather than being confined to words on a page. The writer of Psalm 54 asks, “Save me O God, by your Name,” giving power not to a human word but to a divine presence. He asked, “Hear my prayer O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.”
We can easily convince ourselves that conversations are matches that must be contested and won. We want to use words skillfully to convince, to win, to prove. But human speech finds its worth in the healing and in comforting of other people far more than in their defeat.
God has given us not only the words of human language but also the incarnate Word of God. In that Word, we find comfort in our times of fear, anger, and doubt. God gave us both gifts--Jesus and human words--not to show off our mastery of facts.
God gave us the Word so that we all know that someone is listening.
Psalm 40; Wisdom 6:12-23; Colossians 3:1-11; Luke 7:1-17
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