You know something with your whole being yet, saying the knowledge right out loud makes it all different. “I love you” to a friend or child is different than a smile. Flowers may say something, however, when combined with words and actions you really have something! It is as if the words become the confirmation to our souls of what we believe to be reality.
I realize that I treat the words of a song in similar ways as I try to manage what words I might say. It does not always work; there are moments of idiocy coming from my lips, however the attempt to think before acting is important to me! I want to think about them and will not sing them before I understand what is being expressed. When everything comes together – I understand, I believe, I express – it is with heart conviction and emotion.
As I pursue God I find that God needs to hear our words before going into action. He was and is accused of being unfair, of acting before and beyond our best interests. False accusations to be sure, however, until the case is finally and completely settled God set out limits. As much as he might want to act, as sure as he is of our intent or action, until he hears the request he will not begin his work in and through us.
Yesterday a friend played a guitar, pushing himself to be a better player. I listened and found myself deep in the words of a song. At some point I knew what I had to do; “with your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: ‘God has set everything right between him and me!’” (Romans 10.10) God, I love you. God, I need you. God, I want you! Father…
I know I need to hear words of love from my daughter, wife, mother, and father. It is comforting and unsettling to understand how much the very words affect me.
God is waiting for your words.