Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)

The word of God has life-giving capability. Spiritual life is ministered to the one who can receive it. This is life that will affect the whole person. It is life that strengthens the feeble knees, lifts up the hands which hang down, and rouses the downcast soul.

The word of God is not like any other word. It is nothing like the word of men. It is the word by which the gospel is preached (1 Pet 1:25). It is the sword of the Spirit (Eph 6:17). Meaning, the Holy Spirit uses it to defend, convict, and protect men from vain conversation, idle babblings and every imagination that rises up against the truth of God. When the sword comes, life is preserved and imparted for the child of God. Jesus said, “The words which I speak to you are spirit and they are life” for “it is the spirit that gives life” (Jn 6:63). The word of God houses heavenly power.

When we are afraid, frustrated, downcast, or discouraged, look to the Lord and remember His words. They will be to you a wellspring of life to comfort, build up and strongly support you. Consider the patriarch David. He loved the word of God and found great help in his time of need. Here are a few of his expressions from Psalm 119:

“My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.” (Ps 119:25)

“I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.” (Ps 119:107)

“Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.” (Ps 119:154)

“Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness. Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” (Ps 119:159-160)

Taste and see that the Lord is good in this. How many of us have found ourselves floundering only to realize that we have neglected the good word of God. Neglect no longer. Gather your manna every morning and eat! Man does not live by bread alone and cannot live before God if he neglects every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. It is more necessary than anything else.

Job “esteemed the words of [God’s] mouth more than [his] necessary food” (Job 23:12). And David preferred them more than sleep saying, “I prevented the dawning of the morning, and…Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word” (Ps 119:147-148).

It is no wonder, then, that those who preach and teach the word of God are held in such high regard. They are as those who bring food to the hunger, water to the thirsty and medicine to the sick.

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” (Isa 52:7)