January 1st: Only the Word of Christ

Sing Unto the Lord: Daily Devotional

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Colossians 3:16


The foundation of everything we do must be the Word of Christ.  As Peter said “Lord, to whom shall we go? You alone have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68) There are no better words—no better encouragement, no better comfort, no better inspiration—than those of our Lord.

Words are so important. Words frame our thoughts and our understanding of the world around us. Words are the main substance of our communication and interaction with each other. With our words, we conduct business, make plans, cultivate change, and form promises. The importance of words is no surprise when we consider that that our very being and this created world around us is as a result of the spoken word of God. God spoke the words and the world was made! (Genesis 1) In fact, John 1:1 tells us that a name of Christ is “The Word”.  Is it any wonder then that we should begin our devotional with a focus on the word of Christ?

What words are informing your thoughts, your speech, your songs? Are they the popular words of the latest television guru, hip internet blogger, or Hollywood personality? Are your words borrowed bits and pieces from catchy soundbites and trendy memes? Are you still listening to the old words that have haunted you from your past, from naysayers and critics, from your won doubts and fears? Are the words swimming around in your mind just your own opinions, your own preferences, or quirky idiosyncrasies?

The Word of Christ

The Word of Christ, Photo Credit: Pamela D. McAdams, Adobe Stock Photo

Or is your thinking, talking and singing rooted and grounded upon the word of Christ? Does the Word of God saturate your inner dialogue, that voice that runs through your mind, as you go about your day?   Do the Scriptures permeate your conversations with others? When asked for advice, do you point others to the Bible for their answers? When you lift your voice to sing, or as you hold a song in your heart, is that song filled with the truths of the Word?

In John 6:63, our Lord says “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” The English Standard Version renders it this way “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life”. Especially in times of need or trouble, the flesh—our natural selves, the world and its brand of wisdom—profit nothing; they’re of no help at all. We need the Word of the Lord to give us life.


Scriptures for Further Reading

  • Psalm 19:7-10
  • Psalm 119:105
  • Acts 17:11
  • Romans 10:17
  • Hebrew 4:12
  • James 1:18
  • 1 Peter 1:23


Suggestion for Prayer

  • Pray for an increased hunger and desire for God’s Word
  • Ask the Lord to help you to memorize the Scriptures and to hide them in your heart.


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