Psalm 91:2 "I will say of the Lord: He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."
This is such an interesting verse as it begins with a proclamation or a statement of confession – “I will say!” How important it is for us to confess who God is, what He said He would do and the promises He has for us.
Your words are powerful. Proverbs 18:21 states that your words either bring life or death. That is powerful! Your words today are framing your tomorrows. God said let there be - and there was – out of nothing came forth the creation of our world, the universe, and mankind. The same creative ability rests in your tongue. On the other hand when we speak negatively you cause death – it’s a curse. You can prophesy life into dry bones by commanding them to live. Or you can speak out, ‘I can’t do that and you won’t’!
Here in Psalm 91 it says, ‘I will say of the Lord’. Why “of the Lord”? That needs to be our focus. It’s not about what I can do or can’t do; it’s about whom He is and what He promised He would do. It’s all about our perspective. We can put our eyes on ourselves - our frailty, our limitations and our own resources or we can look to the lord and who He is. We move out of a place of confinement; out of the box. We so often try to live in our own small world, our smallness of mind.
In Joel 3 it says, ‘let the weak say I am strong, let the poor say I am rich’. Are you lying? No, you are agreeing with God and who He is in us. Paul says when I am weak then I am strong – how bazaar! It’s because greater is He that is in you. If our eyes stay on the Lord and we declare with our mouths who He is, it makes a statement in the heavens. Our mouths release the power of our creator to do what only He can do.
Jesus often spoke to diseases, demons, the wind and waves. He even spoke to the fig tree. In Mark 11:14 He spoke to the fig tree saying: “May no one ever eat fruit from you again” and the following day Peter said, “Rabbi, Look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” Wow – He spoke to the tree and it died! Notice the word ‘cursed’. Jesus didn’t swear at the tree, He spoke to it and “endued it with power to fail’. That is what cursed means. Your words have the same power, either for life or death.
Jesus went on in Mark 11 to say, “Have faith in God”. That’s why you need to - “say of the Lord”. We need to remember who He is and what He will do, then speak words of life into being.
Prayer: "Father, I thank you for the power of my words that they bring miracles, healing and life. Teach me to use my words aright and to change my world through it. Quicken me to remember who you are and what you will do. Amen!"
(This is an excerpt from "Under His Wings" by Bonnie Inkster. Available through this website by clicking on the highlighted title)