“The Spirit of the Lord speaks by me; his word is on my tongue.” “He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God.” “The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.” 2 Samuel 23:2; Psalm 78:5-7; Isaiah 50:4
Before the Scriptures were written and complete, God’s word was passed on orally. The God Who made our mouths intended that they be used for His testimony, that His story and truth might be understood, that He might be known and praised, that all peoples might have hope and life through His living word. As His Spirit inhabited His word all along, it does so today when He teaches us, then when He speaks by us as we open our mouths to tell His law and works. His is the power, ours the willing tongues.
What deters us from proclaiming His deeds? What discourages us from delivering His word that sustains the weary? What prevents our readiness and willingness to be His mouthpiece? If morning by morning we must listen in order to be taught and filled, what keeps us from prioritizing that time and attention to Him?
“But Moses said to the Lord, ‘Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.’ Then the Lord said to him, ‘Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.’” Exodus 4:10-12
Even mighty Moses felt inadequate, faltering at God’s command to go and speak. Yet, he kept communing with Him, and learned over the years that his God was enough, that He Who called was He Who was faithful to enable and perform. Would we so trust and obey our all-sufficient God? (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
“Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory.” ~Keith Getty and Stuart Townend (2005)
Father, speak to me and loosen my tongue to pass on Your life-giving word. Guard my tongue from excess or empty talk, direct my words to be Yours. Speak by me to give hope, comfort, and sustenance to all I meet.