The Power of Words


May we ask God for wise words to come from our mouths. May we pray that, like Barzillai, our actions will speak louder than our words.

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 19

Key Verse: 2 Samuel 19:3

And the people stole back into the city that day, as people who are ashamed steal away when they flee in battle.

The people who had stood faithfully by with David were discouraged by his depth of grief. Self-pity played a part. He knew how badly he had messed up his family and his kingdom. David was experiencing the truth of words written a 1000 years later, “God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). Words have great power to change a person, and even a nation. The words of Joab to David, rebuking him and urging him to speak words of comfort to the people, changed David’s actions. Then David spoke to the priests asking them to speak to the elders of Judah. Judah had supported Absalom. The representatives of the 10 tribes, 11 counting Benjamin, had, for the most part, stood with David. The encouraging words of 80-year-old, Barzillai (2 Sam. 19:35) brought blessing and peace to David.


Lord God, I ask You for wise words to come from my mouth. I pray that, like Barzillai, my actions will speak even louder than my words. May I be given the grace to give generously of that with which You have entrusted me. Thank You that I’m still of sound mind and that I can make decisions which will benefit Your cause. May I not wait until others have to make those decisions. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!


Ann, my daughter-in-law, was looking at a 1948 yearbook from Annesley College, where Dad was Principal and Mother was Matron. Ann said to me, “Dad, you should quote your Mom and Dad in your daily devotional.” So here are some of mother’s words: “Dear young friend, is God calling you to attend Annesley College? Make sure that you are within calling distance. Live close to Jesus where you can hear His voice. When we live in that secret place with Him, we rejoice to do His bidding.” – Hazel Mainse. Father’s words: “In the first place, things that count for success seem just beyond our reach. We try to influence people for good, but our best efforts of themselves prove futile; and worse than useless, even harmful. The secret of successful contact is found in the magnetic Son of God, who never made a failure in any of His many human relationships.”

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Prov 25:11).

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