Psalm 77:6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.
To communicate is to make something common. Communication can be accomplished in a variety of fashions. Communication can be between (1) an individual and his or her heart, (2) a person and the Lord, or (3) two or more people. According to Psalm 77:6, to commune with someone or something is to make “diligent search.” This thought may seem a bit foreign or odd today, but consider what takes place when people communicate. When someone communicates, words or thoughts are exchanged. Since words or thoughts originate in the heart (Matthew 12:34), communication is the searching and revealing of the heart. Communication discovers and makes known things of the heart to both participants.
- (For children): Naomi’s daughters-in-law were both going back to Bethlehem with her. She did not really know how they felt about continuing with her until she communicated with them. Orpah, then, did not go, but Ruth communicated what was in her heart (Ruth 1:8-18).
- (For everyone): Why is it crucial that people know how to communicate with others? What problems can arise when families, friends, coworkers, or brothers and sisters in Christ fail to communicate with one another?
- What is in the heart of your loved ones? What troubles them? What causes them to rejoice? How could you discover these things? Why is it important for you to know about these things?
- Ask God to teach you to communicate with others.
- Ask the Lord to teach you how to communicate with Him.