After leading worship services in the church for many years, I love to pronounce the Benediction. I do so slowly and deliberately. I look at people in the congregation. I often see faces aglow with wonder and amazement. What’s this guy think he’s doing?
Benediction means good talk. It is a compound word. Diction refers to speech. The prefix, “bene,” means “good.” A benediction is “good speech.” It is a blessing. Numbers 6:24-26 is a common benediction. “The Lord bless you, and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.”
When I pronounce this blessing over the people gathered for worship, it is my conviction God actually works in and through this simple action and utterance to bless His people. When God instituted this specific benediction, He said of the priests, “So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them” (Numbers 6:28). You do this, said God, and I will bless the people.
This is a wonderful promise. It goes along with Isaiah 55:11, “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”
Click here and listen to a lesson based upon this same Bible text called, “No Empty Handed Word.”