Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name. Malachi 3:16
I have been thinking much about spoken words lately. I have spoken hasty and harsh words I cannot unsay, and I have had encouraging words spoken to me that filled my heart with valor and faith. The power of words is a mighty force both to destroy and to build.
To consider that our Lord listens to our words adds a breathtaking dimension to their importance. And to understand that He not only listens, but responds, keeping, treasuring those words, is almost unfathomable. Our words matter that much to God.
In the verse that follows Malachi 3:16, it is written, “They will be Mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession.” (v.17a)
God treasures us, and He treasures our words. Do we regard Him enough, meditating upon His great name, to speak to each other words of faith, of commitment, of honor, of love? Are my words today worthy to be written in a book of remembrance for my Lord?
Lord, may I treasure You today, speaking words that are worthy of Your listening. Words that make me Yours.