Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Simple as A. B. C. and Peh

In the rich tapestry of the Eastern Orthodox Church tradition, it is believed that King David, in his wisdom, utilised Psalm 119 to impart not only the knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet to his son Solomon but also to guide him in understanding the profound "alphabet of the spiritual life."

Within the section marked by the Hebrew letter 'Pe' or 'Peh', which symbolises the mouth, we find a truly captivating message that David sought to instil in his young son. The verses in question, Psalm 119:130-131, beautifully convey the essence of David's teaching:

"The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant because I long for your commandments."

These words resonate with profound truth and carry a timeless message that reaches deep into the depths of our souls. They remind us of the transformative power held within the sacred scriptures and the profound impact they can have on our lives.

David recognised that the unfolding of God's words spoken from the divine mouth, as we delve into the scriptures with open hearts and minds, brings illumination and clarity. Through the divine wisdom contained within these words, understanding blossoms, enlightening even the simplest of minds.

The psalmist's declaration, "I open my mouth and pant," beautifully captures the essence of a soul thirsty for the commandments of the Lord. It symbolises an intense longing, a burning desire to drink deeply from the wellspring of divine guidance and instruction. It signifies an insatiable hunger for the wisdom and truth found within God's word.

In these verses, we find an invitation to immerse ourselves in the teachings of Scripture, to seek understanding, and to thirst after the commandments of the Lord. They encourage us to open our hearts and minds, ready to receive the light that emanates from God's word, illuminating our path and guiding us in the ways of righteousness.

As we reflect upon these profound words, taking time to quiet our mouths and hearts, let us recognise the immense value of God's Word in our lives. Let us approach the unfolding of God's words with anticipation and longing, knowing that through them, we can gain wisdom, understanding, and the transformative power to live according to God's divine purpose.

May the spirit of King David's teaching resonate within us, igniting a hunger for God's commandments and a thirst for the life-giving truths found within His word. As we open our mouths in awe and anticipation, may our souls be nourished, our minds enlightened, and our lives transformed by the radiant light of God's unfailing love.

Each day my mouth shapes at least 7000 words with so many wasted, and forgotten as soon as they are uttered. But we are reminded by the prophet Isaiah that God never wastes a word and each one accomplishes its purpose.

'For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.' - Isaiah 55:10-11


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