“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
We have all heard numerous times that we should be careful what we speak, because “death and life are in the power of the tongue…” (see also James 3) But this week it dawned on me that there is another side to it. While we usually look on the warning side, there is also a blessing embedded into this Scripture.
Imagine the life of blessing (prosperity, or “good success”, as it is mentioned in Joshua 1:8) if we would meditate on the Word of God, speaking the Truth of God’s Word throughout the day. The Bible says that we should be “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6) It is also written: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… In Him was life; and the life was the light of men… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 4, 14) Thus, Jesus Christ is the Word, which is the Truth and the Life!
If we would dwell on the Truth, meditating on the Scriptures that is written in the Bible (the Word of God), we are embracing Life, because “death and life are in the power of the tongue…” We need to speak the Truth aloud – with the tongue!
Proverbs 18:21 doesn’t end there, though. The second part of the verse says that “… they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” It brings to mind the Scripture that says, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Psalm 34:8) The more we meditate and quote God’s Word, the more we will know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the LORD IS GOOD. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
My prayer is that we will do more, that we will go the extra mile, to fill our minds and our hearts with the Truth of God’s Word, thinking about it, memorizing it, and reminding ourselves of it throughout our lives and in our everyday circumstances.
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”