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09/06/2008

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"Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips" (Ps 141:3).

Imagine for a moment, is someone could do a "playback" of everything that we said through a day for us. Do you think that we would be surprised by some of the things that came out of our mouths? Do you think we might even be ashamed? David wrote the 141st Psalm. It was probably as he was being relentlessly pursued by Saul. Terrible things were being said about him and accusations were being made. Knowing his own shortcomings, David knew that if he spoke in anger, he would say something that he probably would regret later on. Perhaps some words that would later come back to haunt him. Today's verse is a plea to God. "Set a guard over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips."

Do you think it would be a good idea if we made the same request of God? If you are like me, you have said some things that you were very sorry for. Words that hurt, offended, or were even judgemental. This failure to control what comes out of our mouths could be among the greatest of our weaknesses. The moment we speak, others are affected, for better or worse.

It is no wonder that political candidates, as one of their methods of campaigning, "playback" words spoken by their opponents. They say so many things, that some are bound to be wrong or misleading. The "guard" over our mouths must carefully control our hasty words. Words that may be unkind, impure, harmful, angry, or even untruthful. James speaks volumes about this in chapter three.

So what is the answer?

What will keep us from saying things we will later be sorry for is time. When we are hurt, slandered, or impatient, we should WAIT. Wait a while before responding, so that our feelings may cool off and attitude change. Time tends to bring a restraining effect, thus preventing an answer given in haste. Of Jesus, Peter said, "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth" (1 Peter 2:22).

Saying the right things can certainly be a blessing to others and the Lord. We need to even commit our speech to Him. Let the words that flow from our mouths be those of encouragement, kindness, and comfort. As Barnabas, let us each be sons of encouragement.

Have a great weekend..May your worship to the Lord be a blessing to you and a glorification to the Lord...Let your light shine for Him....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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