The Word and The Breath – Day 16
Psalm 33:6 gives us more insight into the mystery of God’s nature by stating: “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” Notice how two distinct “elements” are mentioned by the Psalmist: 1) the word of the Lord, and 2) the breath of his mouth. As the revelation of Scripture unfolds these two “entities” become more and more personal, taking on a very life of their own.
Let’s explore the first: What is this “word of the Lord,” the word that God used to create the heavens? What is this word—so powerful that it brings something out of nothing and life out of death? More appropriately we should ask, “Who is this Word?” For God’s Word is nothing less than himself. God’s Word is himself and yet it is distinct from himself—it has a life of its own.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:1-3, Italics mine). Without the Word of God it would be impossible to know God. The only way we know that God exists and that he created all things is by hearing him through his Word. He has revealed himself as creator by saying, “In the beginning God created…” Without these words how could we know him? Without the Scripture we would be left in the dark. God remains hidden unless we hear and experience his Word. His Word is the revelation of himself graciously given to us. It is his Word that communicates who he is and creates that which reflects his power and nature. This Word has been manifested to us—he is Jesus Christ, our Messiah. It also has been given to us in written testimony through the form of the Bible.
Only the one who dwells with the Word, dwells with God. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God…” (John 1:1, italics mine). The one who becomes unified with the Word becomes one with God. We cannot divorce God from his Word. Many have tried, but once the severance has taken place, the body is without its head. Afterwards what is proclaimed to be “God” is not really God at all; instead it is an idol created by our own human imagination.
Prayer: Father, I don’t want to make an idol. I don’t want to worship a god of my own imagination or the popular god of my culture. I want to worship the one true God; I want to worship You who is revealed through your Word. May I dwell with the Word because the Word dwells with God. Teach me to treasure your Word more than any other word, person or possession.