Before…

By Pastor Mark Jordan

Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.” (Psalm 139:4, ESV)

How does this verse strike you this morning? With joy? Apprehension? Anxiety? God knows what you are going to say before you say it, so maybe you ought to think twice before opening your mouth.

The tongue is quite a thing, isn’t it? As you know, you can say helpful things and harmful things…sometimes alarmingly close. Consider what James 3:8b-10 says about how we use our words, “…no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be” (ESV).

I don’t think anyone can really argue that the struggle is real when it comes to using your words. Since God knows what you’re going to say before you say it, you probably ought to think twice and make sure what you say is helpful. Check out this pearl of wisdom from Scripture, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:9, ESV).

Prayer: Dear Lord, I confess I often need to think twice before opening my mouth. I know you know what I’m going to say before I say it, so help me know to consider my words before I do. I want my words to build up and not tear down, so help me by the power of your Spirit. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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