Psalm 147:18

18 He sends his word and melts them; he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

Read Psalm 147:18 Using Other Translations

He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
Then, at his command, it all melts. He sends his winds, and the ice thaws.

What does Psalm 147:18 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 147:18

He sendeth out his word, and melteth them
The snow, the hoar frost, and ice: this he does by a word of his, who can freeze the earth and waters, and thaw them at his pleasure; by ordering the sun to break forth with great heat, or rain to fall in great plenty; of both which Kimchi interprets his word; as well as by causing a warm wind to blow, as follows,

he causeth his wind to blow, [and] the waters to flow:
the south wind particularly; then the waters, which were still and motionless, flow as before, or more abundantly. Thus the hearts of men in a state of nature are like frozen earth or waters; they are cold, and without the heat of love, and affection to God and Christ, and spiritual things; they are as hard as a stone, and without any motion or desire after things divine and heavenly: but when the Lord sends his word, attended with a divine power and efficacy, it breaks and melts them; when the south wind of the blessed Spirit blows upon them, or his grace becomes effectual in convincing them of sin, righteousness, and judgment; and when the sun of righteousness arises on them with healing in his wings; with which being warmed, they are loosened, and flow to the Lord and his goodness for all spiritual blessings.

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