….And darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light [Genesis 1:2-3].
His words created light.
Yahuah spoke four words and changed everything. The power of His words brought about the existence of light in darkness.
Words have energy, power and influence beyond their mere definition. And, just like light they help us perceive. Even beyond that which we can see. They can be a force for good, to edify and encourage, or for evil to stir up hatred or humiliate [Proverbs 18:4, 20; James 3:10].
You’ve probably heard the phrase it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it. As I was writing this piece I came across a video that illustrates that so well (you can watch it here - it’s less than two minutes long). We listen with all our senses and our emotions, not just our ears. We take action when words touch our soul.
I will always remember the moment I heard a message about John the Baptist. It caused something to stir inside me. I began to feel as though, quite literally, the sun, that was streaming through the window, had come and nestled in my heart. I could feel the heat and see the light of it in my heart. It was as if all the joy in the world had just landed in my soul.
In that instant, I knew I wanted to give my life to Yahusha. I had to do it and I had to do it right away!
And of course the Son had set in my heart. The Light had come to me at last.
A song can be the light that brings the word of truth that changes the life of a person. Because, what you have is the explosive capacity to effect change – the multiplying effect of both light and words.
We get greater insight to this when we dig beneath the English words into Greek [from which the New Testament is translated]. There is a word that’s translated as ‘said’ in English, which in Greek actually means to declare, in the sense of bringing forth into the light.
It’s the Greek word used for ‘said’ in John 1:23 “He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.” This was John’s word of light, preparing the way for Yahusha.
So, just like words themselves, songs [in a spiritual context] have power and carry meaning beyond the poetry of their lyrics or the sound of a (hopefully) tuneful voice. Through a song a small flickering flame could be ignited into the full-blown fire of the Holy Spirit.
It was the song ‘How Great Thou Art’ that moved me to decide to be baptised. That moment of realisation of the sheer awesomeness of God moved me to act.
So, what is the light of the word that has come to us now?
The light that has shone in these seven months of Word Unlimited articles has been the knowledge that singing a song to, about or for Yahusha is not just the act of praise and worship.
Songs give us insight into what Yahusha gives to us – “since Yahusha is with me my darkest days are past”. If we sing that line in the song ‘Arise and Shine’ then we must know that our lives have changed. We are to arise, stand up and be what Yahusha has called us to be. We’ve answered the call. He expects us to deliver.
A song can tell us what we should give Him in return – I am Thine Oh Lord. I belong to you. In “Draw me nearer” we’re saying I will die to self just as you died on the cross. But, we must do what we say.
Songs can challenge our thinking. Where should I go but to the Lord?
Who else should we trust enough to relinquish something so precious as our secret thoughts, our mind, our deepest emotions and moreover our will?
When we sing, our words are no less significant than when we speak them. Understanding the songs we sing and the depth of their meaning is a vital part of our life as believers.
Yahusha wants us to perceive that every word uttered from our mouths is heard in heaven, and has an effect – good or bad. He will respond to our cry to be drawn nearer and He will hold us to our promise when we say I am Thine O Lord [Matthew 12:36-37].
The question is, have you heard the light?