By: Linda Fulkerson
“My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.” ~ Psalm 45:1 NIV
Have you ever watched a geyser erupt? During our last trip to Yellowstone, after watching Old Faithful spew its spray of steam and water into the air, we walked along the Upper Geyser Basin all the way to the deep blue Morning Glory Pool. That particular day, our timing was perfect, as we witnessed many eruptions Upper Basin geysers.
Before a geyser erupts, it gurgles and boils and steams and belches until it seemingly can’t take it any longer. Then suddenly, a bright white stream bursts from within its depths. It’s amazing to watch.
The word used by the Psalmist in today’s scripture (translated as “stirred” in the NIV) is similar to the stirring and ultimately, the eruption, of a geyser. Adam Clarke states that the word is the same as a fountain, sending its waters up from the earth. The word is translated many ways – bubble up, boil over, gush, outburst, overflow – depending upon your Bible’s version.
Great force, created by pressurized steam, forces the jet of water from a geyser’s cone. But what force prompts our hearts to bubble over? A noble theme. A good thought. A goodly matter. Or, as some versions read, “a good word.”
Themes, thoughts, and words are powerful. Powerful enough to force an eruption of our hearts.
And what did the Psalmist do with the forced-out flow of words from his heart? He recited them to the King. Good words, good thoughts, need to be shared with others, not bundled inside us.
What good and noble thoughts and themes are gurgling within your heart? Let them out! And have your pen ready to record them so they can be spread as good tidings of great joy!
Photo Credit: Castle Geyser at Yellowstone National Park by Linda Fulkerson, June 2011.