Words Like Dew

“Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak,
    and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
May my teaching drop as the rain,
    my speech distill as the dew,
like gentle rain upon the tender grass,
    and like showers upon the herb.
For I will proclaim the name of the Lord;
    ascribe greatness to our God!

“The Rock, his work is perfect,
    for all his ways are justice.
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
    just and upright is he.”

 “For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.” Deuteronomy 32:1-4,47

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life… The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable.” “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment.” “The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life.” “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.” Proverbs 10:11,32; 12:18-19; 13:14; 15:1-2

Dew comes without fanfare when all is dark and asleep. It tiptoes in, invisible and unexpected, bringing vital nourishment. It coats with delicate drops, then seeps down to revive thirsty vegetation, give strength to structure, and vivid hue to foliage.

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When our words are like dew, they come at appropriate, even unexpected, times to refresh the spirit, restore life, raise the head, persuade with wisdom, gently turn away anger, and add vibrancy and color to the darkest of moods or circumstances. They offer truth to confused, parched souls, encouragement to instill bravery in the timid, and hope to those who languish in uncertainty and insecurity. They bring loving correction to the erring, hope to the forlorn, balm to the weary, and consolation to the brokenhearted. Are we sprinkling our words in these ways? (Proverbs 15:1; 25:11-13,15; Romans 12:14-15; 1 Corinthians 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:14)

How vigilantly do we guard our words? When we misspeak and cause hurt, or even unintentionally stoke anger, are we quick to confess our wrong and ask for forgiveness? Do we take care to think through our messages and choose what we will say, and when, and how? Would others say our words are depleting or life-giving, like a drought or fresh dew?

Lord, fill my mouth by Your Spirit with Your words, that I might savor their nourishment and beauty. Use then my words to express life-giving power in all I say. May they exalt You, and therefore bring You, like dew, to bless those to whom I speak. Refresh others through what I say so they taste, and welcome, and delight in You. (Proverbs 18:4; Isaiah 59:21)

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