Another WORD regarding Psalm 19

I can’t seem to leave Psalm 19 just yet…

Psalm 19 can be divided into three sections, each of which revolves around words. The first six verses tell us that the very existence and exquisite functioning of creation are soundless words that declare the glory of God; the next five verses refer to the perfection and profitable benefits of the words of God in His law, testimony, precepts, and commandments – words written for our great reward; the psalm concludes with a prayer for God’s word to work in us and on our thoughts and words.

The word theme in this psalm reminded me of one of my favorite passages of scripture and it seems appropriate to bring it forward in this advent season.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. … And the Word become flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. … And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. John 1:1-5, 14, 16-18

Then I also thought of an often used quote attributed to Francis of Assisi, “Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words.” This quote is certainly a useful reminder that others read messages from our actions but really – How does another person know the good news message of John 1, without shared words? Service to other’s needs shows compassion and care, actions may speak louder than words that one is a new creature, but it is not possible to bring another person to the Salvation who visited on mankind without speaking the words of the gospel. Peter acknowledged the importance of words. Many followers left when Jesus’ teaching turned to the ‘foolishness’ of his body and body and he asked the small group of disciples if they too would walk away from him. Peter’s response: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:68-69)

Can you proclaim, preach, discuss, speak, and give witness to the good news of the Gospel with real words, words of eternal life?

Think about this now, at Christmas time. So many opportunities to lead into the words of good news!

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us – Immanuel.

“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” – Savior. (Matthew 1:20-21)

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ (Messiah), God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God – The Prince of Peace. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. – Glory, Glory, Glory to the Lord! (Hebrews 1:1-4)

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