Monday, December 25, 2023

Let Our Words be Few, and Our Praise Neverending

Let Our Words be Few, and Our Praise Neverending 
by David Brenneman 

"Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few." Ecclesiastes‬ ‭5:2.

This thought of let your words be few...reminds me of those who found Joseph, Mary and the baby Jesus on that first night and the days that followed.  Oh the still silence that must have happened!  The vast words of praise! 

For us, in our fallible humanity, we can often forget the awe that must have been to those who were there.  That sense of awe can be ours today if we but seek it out.  It's not about the presents we give or receive today.  It is about the One who came to live a sinless life, to die a horrible death on a cruel cross, and endure the full brunt of sin of all save.

To save.  That was the Father’s plan.  

I am reminded of a Phillips, Craig and Dean song "Let My Words Be Few" 

You are God in HeavenAnd here am I on earthSo I'll let my words be fewJesus, I am so in love with you
And I'll stand in awe of you [Jesus]Yes, I'll stand in awe of youAnd I'll let my words be fewJesus, I am so in love with You
The simplest of all love songsI want to bring to youSo I'll let my words be fewJesus, I am so in love with You
And I'll stand in awe of you [Jesus]Yes, I'll stand in awe of youAnd I'll let my words be fewJesus, I am so in love with You.

I never, until now, could think of that as a Christmas song, but it could be. 

"When we all get to Heaven what a day of rejoicing that will be! When we all see Jesus, we'll sing and shout the victory!"

In Heaven we'll have no shortage of the right words of praise to give to Jesus. 

Here on Earth we struggle at times to have the right thing to say.  Our thoughts and perceptions get in the way. 

I think also of what others have have 2 ears and one mouth.  Listen twice as much as you want to talk.  

Listening for the words God wants to say to you are more important than what you think you might want to say.  His words are always right, pure and true. 

In your minds eye, stand before the lowly manger and think about who it is that is there. Think about the truth of what Christmas is all about.  Would you stand or would you drop to your knees?  What would you imagine yourself doing?  Knowing that in that place is the embodiment of the Son of God.  The Creator of everything came to Earth to take away the sins of the world and heap them on Himself, making the only way to be right before a Holy God. 

For me, my Dear Reader, I would be speechless.  My words would certainly be very few.  

Many people can be hasty in their words and trip themselves up later.  That's probably where "think before you speak" comes from. 

When you survey the aftermath of today's festivities, do not forget to be in awe of what Jesus did for you.  

Think about the great love with which He loved you enough to take your place on the cross.  When was the last time you told your Savior that you loved Him?  No list of needs or wants, but just called Him up in prayer to say that you love Him?  

Consider all that He has done for you...He does it all out of His great love with which He loves you and I.   "From the cross to the grave, from the grave to the sky, Lord I lift your name on high!" 

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. (C) Lockman Foundation.

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