The Word "Word" (Part 1)

God’s word is audible, is visible, and sometimes it is neither.  I have heard it through His whisper in my ear or His shout from the heavens, seen His words in the Bible, a devotional or another book, watched the sunrise over the bay, or a young woodpecker learning survival from its parents, held a baby in my arms, been touched by God’s finger on my heart or His hand upon my shoulder, or felt His breath upon my cheek.

His word guides me as I walk this life’s roads, directs my actions each day, keeps me still when I want to run, loves me through a challenge, holds me closely when I care for Mom, gently rocks me in the night, untiringly stays by my side.  

I read His Word and know that He is teaching, guiding, and growing me.  I write His Word to remember.  I memorize His Word to store in my heart.  I ponder Him through His Word to know Him.  I pray His Word to speak to Him.  He speaks His Word to me as we walk together.  

Today, I write of the word ‘word’ as something spoken by God in one form or another.  In Hebrew, the word for ‘word’ is dabar  דבר (Strong’s 1697).  The word ‘word’ is used over 1400 times in the KJV of the Bible with meanings ranging from speech (a saying, an utterance) to describing a thing (a business, occupation, acts, a manner) to a matter (stating what is done, an account of an action). Many English words are used in translation in the Bible of this word.  

Because He says it, words are divine utterances, taking on deep meanings, even when the word I see looks rather shallow.  Anything that the LORD says needs pondering, hopefully, to realize the depth of His word.  I know that God speaks and I need to listen. I need to ponder. I need to be still for He is God. 

God’s word is guidance:  Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.  Psalm 199:105

God’s word has healing power:  He sent His word and healed them, and delivered {them} from their destructions.  Psalm 107:20

God’s word cuts; God’s word penetrates:  For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  Hebrew 4:12

The prophets, again and again, wrote in the books of the Bible:  “The word of the LORD came to me saying,….”  The word brought Truth to the ears and hearts of the prophets to announce to God’s children.  Jeremiah used this form of ‘word’ (dabar) often to make clear to those listening that God had given him authority.

His word needs to be released, unleashed:  Then I said, ” I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name.”  But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not.  Jeremiah 20:9

The word did what it said; the word completed the plans of God, for God spoke His Truth:  Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.”  Jeremiah 1:12

And I, personally, love this verse:  Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.  Jeremiah 15:16 
This verse reminds me of the way I am to memorize verses and the reason I am to do it.  I want my heart to be delighted.  I want joy to ring in my very being.  Just think about eating God’s word and digesting the very Truth of our LORD.  The Blood of Christ Jesus takes these nutrients to every cell, every vein, every organ, muscle, and bone in my body, my mind, and my soul, enriching me with His Love, His Truth, with I AM. 

The Spirit of God carries life through the word:  Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.  Peter 1:22-23

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