This woodchuck seems unconcerned about the answer to the riddle: “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?” He really does not need to count as these marmots do not normally chuck wood at all! They are regionally called groundhogs and as such are great earth movers for their burrows. One wildlife expert tried to answer the question by using the equivalent in weight of dirt displaced! There are five “w” words and five “ch” sounds is this tongue twister. And it is a good way to distinguish the difference between “would” and “could.”
In today’s verse, David proclaims the power of God. With the Lord, there is never a question of whether God “could” do something. By His power He created everything we see (Col. 1:16). With God all things are possible (Matt. 19:26). Nothing is too hard for Him. David had seen God’s power up close and personal in his own life and could say this with conviction. He had even heard God speak it to His heart. But there was a second truth David heard, revealed in the next verse.; “and with You Lord is an unfailing love.”
The words, “would” and “could” are often and unintentionally interchanged in prayer. But there is a huge difference in their meaning. I never need to ask God if He could do something for me or someone else. The question in prayer is always, “would You?” Nothing is outside His scope of power, but something I want may well be outside His will. And when He answers “no,” I can be confident of that second truth. In His unfailing love He knows what is best.
Help me Lord, to trust Your love.