|SCRIPTURE: “Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.”(Psalm 141:3 NIV)|
Have you ever wanted to retrieve words you just heard come out of your mouth-words better left unsaid, or even unthought? We’ve all experienced the discomfort, embarrassment, and repercussion of speaking when we should have kept our mouths shut. Sometimes our words have stung others with their poison, causing pain and destruction we later regret.
The News Testament writer James calls the tongue “a restless evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:8). James takes the believer’s speech so seriously that he says our religion is “worthless” if we fail to keep our tongues under control (James 1:26).
The psalmist’s prayer here is clearly wise, a prayer we’d do well to emulate. Since we never know when foolish or sinful words will rush to the “door” of our lips, we need a divine sentry to keep constant watch. James agrees with the psalmist that we cannot tame our own tongues therefore we must rely on God to guard our mouths.
Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee
(Executive Director, Salt and Light Ministries)Salt and Light Ministries
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