Words He Will Keep

“The words of the Lord are pure words,
    like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
    purified seven times.

You, O Lord, will keep them;
    you will guard us from this generation forever.
On every side the wicked prowl,
    as vileness is exalted among the children of man.” Psalm 12:6-8

“The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.” Psalm 19:7-11

There is nothing like words from God. They are true, they are living, and they are kept. Kept. Held close, honored, and fulfilled by the Almighty who spoke them. They are ours forever to own and cherish, to learn and apply and esteem. They soothe and satisfy, they direct our thoughts and steps, they convict, correct, and instruct. They are balm to weary souls, a grounding in chaos, a guardian against the world, and a sword for every attack. (Psalm 119:105; Ephesians 6:17; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12)

We are careless with our words, saying what we do not mean and meaning more or differently than we say. We speak impurely, without thinking, and unwittingly let emotion and innuendo affect the truth we intended. We make casual promises and vain statements we do not keep or mean, due to neglect, indifference, or intentional manipulation. No wonder there is so much distrust and lack of honor in keeping our words.

“God is not man, that he should lie,
    or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
    Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” Numbers 23:19

It is vital we take care with our words. All the Lord promises comes to pass. Is this true with me? What weight do my spoken words hold, and how are they used for good and God’s glory? The better we know His word, the more trustworthy our own words will be, because they are grounded in His unshakable truth. He who keeps His word also keeps us, and guards what we entrust to Him, even the choice of words and keeping of pledges. With whom will I share His words of hope and beauty? (1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Timothy 1:12)

“Sing them over again to me,
Wonderful words of life;
Let me more of their beauty see,
Wonderful words of life;
Words of life and beauty
Teach me faith and duty.
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
Wonderful words of life.

Christ, the blessed one, gives to all
Wonderful words of life;
Sinner, list to the loving call,
Wonderful words of life;
All so freely given,
Wooing us to heaven.
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
Wonderful words of life.” ~Philip Bliss (1874)

Lord, as You keep Your wonderful words, so help me speak mine carefully and keep them, for the sake of Your honor. (Proverbs 21:23)

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