Not many people have ever heard of Mithridates the Great, King of Pontus from northern Asia Minor in 88 B.C. He was famous for his size, his strength and his skill of mastering the languages of the twenty-five nations that he ruled. There’s also Cardinal Mezzofanti, who was born in Bologna, Italy who spoke more than one hundred languages and dialects. Language is important. It connects us.
Today, philologists claim that there are between 6,000 and 7,000 different languages that people use to communicate with one another. The majority of the languages in our world flow from one person to another. Some languages exist that have never been reduced to writing. And every one of them evolves and changes. When people connect with other people in other places, languages become richer and more inclusive. Some languages add new words while other words are deleted when they no longer make sense. Some words lose their meaning and are soon forgotten.
Yet, no matter how many words there may be or how many languages are spoken, the Psalmist put things into the proper context when he asked, “Who can proclaim the mighty acts of God, or fully declare His praise?”
We will never be able to praise God as much as He deserves to be praised but we can praise Him with a heart that is sincere. If we ever begin to realize the magnitude of God’s love and mercy that saved us and now sustains us, our hearts will be filled with such joy that our voices will never cease to express our gratitude and thanks!
Prayer: Father, may we lift our voices in praise to You for Your love for us and the gift of Your Son, our Savior. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 106:2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare his praise?