When I was growing up, every so often some of the older kids would use some words I wasn’t supposed to say and whatever adult happened to be around would respond, in a disciplinary tone of voice, with “WATCH YOUR MOUTH!”
Proverbs 10:11, in the English Standard Version (ESV), matter of factly states
“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.”
Now the question is ‘Which part of the verse describes the words, conversation, and commentary that comes out of MY mouth?’ (Or yours?)
Which kind of mouth do we have?
Last night, back in the hotel after our extended family’s Thanksgiving celebration, I had a chance to just lose myself in the book of Psalms. I had no plan, just opened the book and silently asked the Lord where should I go. And I looked down at the page and felt such a compulsion to read the passage I opened to.
I ended up reading from Psalm 139 through to 143. Of course, I have read these before, but since August I have begun using the New Living Translation as my primary study Bible so it was like they were each brand new reading for me.
I LOVE this translation! Using primarily the vocabulary list used when Ken Taylor penned his Living Bible paraphrase some 30 years ago, this is an actual dynamic translation of Scripture from Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. If I’m working with someone who doesn’t really understand the old language of Shakespeare and the King James Bible, THIS is the version I use to expose them to the Scriptures. And since I grew up with that old English as my primary Biblical language, my decision to use this version has really made me reconsider whether I really understand what I’ve read in the past.
There was SO much the Lord brought to life as I read, but this morning there’s one verse I’m still chewing on: “Take control of what I say, O LORD, and guard my lips.” (Psalm 141:3)
We often talk about finding our refuge and safety in the Lord, and even pray that God will protect us from the wicked, but this verse is a clear indication of how we need to also be protected from ourselves! Often I am my own worst enemy.
SO… today my prayer is that I can yield my control of my tongue (that hasn’t worked out so well many times) and allow God to take control of what I say… and guard my lips.
That’s more than one day’s work right there.
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