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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Language of Words

We use words and forget the language that words communicate; language speaks of the heart, soul and mind.

Ecclesiastes 12:12 says "Of many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh."

Words are used in the context of talk, statement, speech, conversation, tale, story, prose, proposition, and principle, language communicates intelligence, knowledge, learning, innovation, thought, reason, account, consideration, esteem, due relation, proportion, and analogy.

Genesis 2:24 uses words to state that mariage occurs when "... a man leaves his father and mother and is joined (cleaves) to his wife, and they become one flesh."

Song of Soloman uses language to communicate the intensity, passion, romance, the spiritual music of marital harmony. The poetry of the Canticles communicates what 'cleaving' means.

The Bible through words relates the story of God revealing Himself to man.

Milton uses language in Paradise Lost to communicate to the heart and soul the story of sin and redemption.

Paul uses words in a didactic sense to speak of God's purposes served through suffering and pain.

William P. Young uses language in The Shack to communicate God's purposes served through suffering and pain.

Words are predominnatly used for correction, teaching, whereas, language is affirming.
Language is not exclusive from words, however, words can be exclusive from language.

It is seldom that words in a reference text will bring you to tears.
Language is incarnational, grasping, tugging, pulling at your heart strings.

Words are shackled by lack of inflection, insinuation, inuendo and nuance. "There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts." Voltaire
Meaning conveys thought and reason, however langauge communicates intent and purpose.

Even in the expalantion of what is on my heart, the written and subsequently read words, do not develop nor carry the sentience of the form of my thinking.

I know there are those (perhaps all) who would read this and state the reason is, the form of my thoughts is not conducive with a rational or natural divisive of word and language.

There is always a danger as well, in being wordy to further enhance a thought. The intent being to explain, to teach, to transfer, fully encapsulating an idea or concept. The use of many words does not a great writer make.

A great writer is one who has a grasp of language, who can relay his heart and mind with the simplest of terms and coined phrases.

Language is being lost. “Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides." Rita Mae Brown

"The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place." George Bernard Shaw

"Between the idea

And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow

Between the conception

And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow

Between the desire

And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow"      T.S. Eliot

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