Psalm 141:3 Guard The Mouth

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Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3 

One thing that people know how to do is talk. Talk is very easy to do and nearly anything and everything can be said. Talk has been around since man was first made.

In today’s society the ability to talk has increased to much more than just straight words out of the physical mouth. Words can be typed into a chat or someone online social media. Regardless of how they are spoken or written, once out, they are out for eternity, good or bad.

Words that are spoken are often remembered for a long time. Words spoken can help or hurt a person. Many people have gone through troubles because of words spoken many years before. In free societies, people love the freedom to speak, but speaking can cause trouble.

David asked God to guard his mouth and what he says. He wanted to be careful about the words that he spoke.

Most people in the world really don’t care what their words may do or not do, they just want the freedom to say what they are thinking, when and how they want to say it. They do not look at the consequences of their words. This then shows up in rudeness, lies, gossip, and much more. Words that hurt.

Believers can run into the same problems. There are many who gossip on a regular basis inside the church, pretending it is concern. Lies about many things are said. Words cutting down and condemning others are spoken on a regular basis.

These are all words that should not come out of the mouth of a believer. Every believer is to build up and encourage other people, both believers and non-believers. The only way this can happen is by putting a guard over the mouth, being careful about what is spoken.

Take some time to think about what are some words that you speak in both public and in private. What do the words you speak say? Are they building other people up? Or are they cutting other down? Do they bring glory and honor to God? Or do your words bring dishonor to God?

The old saying goes, ‘think before you speak’ is something every believer should keep. Allow God to guard what you say. Let the words you speak be the words of God. What would Jesus say, then say it.

I pray today that you will allow God to guard your mouth; that your words will bring glory to God; that your words will point people to God; and that your words will build people up on Jesus. 

Psalm 58:1-2 False Equity And Justice

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Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity? No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth. Psalm 58:1-2 

Justice and equality are two things that America and some other nations claim to believe in. Rulers all across the nation claim to aim for justice and equality among people. America is really strong in claiming the belief that all people are created equal and that no one is to be discriminated against based on anything.

Rules are constantly being changed or made to make everyone equal, that every person will have equal justice in every situation.

David asks the questions of how the rulers were speaking and judging the people. He does not see them as acting justly or with equity. In fact, he says they strive to bring violence upon the earth.

These types of actions can be seen with many different governments. In the process of claiming justice, they discriminate against a believer. Those who stand true and faithful to God are often prosecuted as haters. Believers are often no longer able to make a statement against something that is sinful, because it is seen as hate.

Those is the church are not always a lot different than the rulers are. There are many in the church that will quickly say that if one does not worship in the exact same way, he is going to hell and will not make it into heaven.

Others will just stand on the side shouting hateful words at those living in the world. All they do is condemn and never show any love or mercy. They are actually promoting violence in the name of God.

Believers are to show love and mercy to everyone. They are to love everyone, including the worst enemies. Justice is to be shown the same to every person, regardless of whether they believe in God or not. This can be done only if one is truly following Jesus with his whole heart.

Think about the words that you speak to others. Think about the actions you show to others. What are they promoting?

Regardless of whether a person is a believer or not, you should treat each one equally with God’s great love and mercy. Seek to bring God’s peace into the lives of every person you meet, not judgement and hate. This can only be done by promoting the gospel of Jesus, rather than just rules.

How are you at speaking and treating others?

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will love all others as God has loved you; that you will act in God’s true justice; that you will only judge as God has judged you; and that you will spread the message of Jesus to this world. 

Psalm 55:21 Smooth, But Deadly Talk

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His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords. Psalm 55:21 

Salesmen are known to be able to talk to a person very smoothly. The best salesmen are the ones who can talk someone into buying something that they cannot afford or really want.

Lawyers are another group of people who are known to be able to talk. They can get a person to say things that he did not want to say, bringing on a conviction. When it happens, the person is surprised because it happened so quickly and smoothly.

Talk is something that is easily done. However, understanding what is really being said is another thing. The world will often talk as if it really cares about people, that they are looking out for what is best for everyone, yet, what they are saying is bringing about death.

David had a friend betray him. He had been speaking words that sounded good, but were deadly. There was a war going on and not always a physical war.

The world talks about believers in a way that makes them out to be haters and deadly. They speak in such smooth words that it turns the words of a believer around, making them look to be the bad guys.

Believers can also fall into this same trap with the way they talk. Talking about how a sinner is a sinner and doing everything wrong can sound good, but often it is harsh judgement with no love in the words.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit can help a believer discern what someone is really saying. The Holy Spirit can also reveal what the believer is really saying to others or about others.

The words of God are filled with love, mercy and compassion. There is no deception being spoken as many in the world speak. These are the words believers should be speaking.

There will be times when people will speak to you in deceptive words. The world will strive to convince you that its way of living is the way to live. Allow yourself to be filled and guided with the Holy Spirit, to know what is really the truth and not deadly.

Allow your words, also, to be the words of God, rather than those of the world. Do not be deceptive in what you say. Build others up and point them to God, rather than destroy.

I pray today that you will be filled and guided by God’s Holy Spirit; that God will reveal words spoken to you and their meaning; that God will guide your words spoken to others; and your words will be the words of God bringing life to others.

Psalm 45:2 What Do Your Words Say About You?

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You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever. Psalm 45:2 

A person is often known by how he speaks. Every person speaks a little differently. This is not talking about the language being spoken, but what words are they saying and how they talk to and about other people.

Some are known for gruff talk. They will speak harshly about many different things and people. Often they appear as a grumpy person.

Others will be known for speaking in pride. All that they say is things about themselves.

Some are always cutting others down, making jokes. No one can tell if they are ever serious.

Still others speak with compassion and building others up.

The writer speaks of  a person who is an excellent person. He is excellent because he speaks with grace. His words are kind and merciful to those he is speaking to or about.

It is not common to find a person who is always gracious in what he says. Too often the words spoken are cutting others down or being prideful about self. It is easy for a person to find fault in others.

Believers are often known for constantly finding fault in those who do not follow Jesus or their way of worshipping God. They often do not show the grace that God has shown them.

The person who has his heart set after God’s will speak like Jesus spoke–with grace, love and mercy.

Every person has faults of one type or another. No one is exactly the same. Since this is the case, believers must remember that and speak accordingly with grace, allowing the other person some room to grow in the Lord.

Take a moment to think about how you speak to or about other people. What are your words saying? Are they words that build up or tear down?

People are always listening to what you say. They want to know if what you are saying is matching what you say you are living. You say that you are a follow of Jesus, then that means you must be like Jesus. One of the fastest ways to know if you are following Jesus is by how you speak.

People will know you by what you say. Do they see you as a person of grace? Or do they see you as a person of judgement?

Fill your mouth with words of grace as you speak.

I pray today that you will know God’s grace towards you; that you will show God’s grace to others; that you will speak the words of God; and that you will speak with God’s grace and love.

Job 42:3 Speaking Without Understanding

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You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. Job 42:3 

Speaking about something is easy for most people. They have an opinion about something and are willing to share it with anyone who is willing to listen, or not willing to listen. Opinions can be found all over every social media platform about nearly every subject and event that is happening, every where in the world.

There is nothing wrong with having an opinion, however, having that opinion is often wrong, because there is no real understanding of the situation. The knowledge that most people have is skewed or biased with information left out in order to cause thinking to occur a certain way.

While Job was going through the tough times of losing everything, he accused God of being against him and out to destroy him. He felt as if God was doing something wrong and questioned God about it. However, in the end he realized that God was in control and that God was still on his side. Job realized that he spoke without really understanding what was happening.

Believers today still have the same problem that Job had. Often they speak up about things that they really don’t know or understand. They condemn others, when they don’t understand what actually occurred.

It is common to hear of believers bashing other believers over an action done, without knowing why that action was done or knowing the heart behind it. It is also common for believers to get angry with God for allowing certain things to happen in their lives. Some will even walk away from God in anger, because they do not have the full understanding of what God is doing. They forget that God is in control and is doing the best for each individual.

There will be times you will not fully understand what or why God is allowing things in your life. It can be a painful time, but you must remember that God is in control and does really love you. He is only doing what is best for you.

Be careful in what you speak about. You may not fully understand the situation. Give God praise for what is happening and trust Him to bring you through it shining like gold. Don’t try to stop His plans. His plans are the best in the end.

I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will trust God’s plans for your life; that you will not question God’s actions; and that you will be a witness of God’s power and love.