I have been preparing a talk for a time when our church family will gather in worship to give God praise for all that He has done for us during this chaotic and uncertain time in our lives. I have been meditating on Psalm 104… it begins in this way.
“My soul, bless the Lord! Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with majesty and splendor.” (Ps. 104:1, CSB)
The second sentence is separated by a semicolon. In case you forgot your 7th grade grammar lesson on semicolons, here it is, “a semicolon is most commonly used to link (in a single sentence) two independent clauses that are closely related in thought. When a semicolon is used to join two or more ideas (parts) in a sentence, those ideas are then given equal position or rank.”
Nineteen words have been used in verse one to convey the greatness of God and the effect God’s greatness has on the author. Only 19 words! Upon a closer examination of this first verse, I noticed that the first half of the second sentence is seven words in length and has as much power as the entire verse.
I began to imagine trying to communicate my thoughts and feelings about God in as short a sentence as possible. Everything I tried seemed to be too long… I’m a preacher and communicator who speaks for 25-30 minutes at a time. I finally got a sentence I was proud of and could live, and it was seven words.
I felt a challenge welling up inside of me. Would others be able to communicate their experience with God in seven words?
Let the adventurer begin. If you are willing, you an share your seven words with me here at this link…
You don’t have to write an essay or a paragraph or a sentence. It can have a positive or negative tone; just be honest. It may take you several tries but you will succeed. Give some prayer, give it some thought and give it a try.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me… Pastor Tim