By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth . . .
For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.

PSALM33:6, 9

Ever since human history began, men have speculated as to the origin of the universe. What was the “first cause”? How did it all come into being? Endless theories have been (and are still being) offered. But the psalmist here reveals the real “first cause” of the universe: the word of the Lord and the breath (literally, spirit) of His mouth. Everything that was ever created came into being when the Lord spoke the word, and the breath—or spirit—of His mouth was united with that word.

This is illustrated vividly in the opening verses of Genesis. Verse 2: “The Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters . . .” Verse 3: “Then God said, ‘Lett here be light’; and there was light” (NASB). At that moment God’s Word was united with His Spirit. Their union brought into being that which God spoke. He uttered the word light, and light itself came into being. “He spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” The Lord spoke the universe into being.

Through the union of His Word and His Spirit creation was accomplished. Nothing more was needed. What limitless possibilities are contained in this revelation! Each time we open our hearts to God’s Word and Spirit, working together, the same power is released within us that brought the entire universe into being. God’s Word will reproduce itself in our experience just as surely as it brought forth light on creation’s first day.

Faith’s Response

Thank You, Lord, for Your creative power at work within me as I yield to Your Spirit and obey Your Word.

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