Biblical Reflections: Psalm 141:3

Psalm 141:3 – Set a watch, O Lord , before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

Your mouth can get you in serious trouble.  When we use abusive, misguided, or lying words, our lips can hurt others and ourselves.  Wars are often fought over what started out as a damaging conversation.  Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can lead to worse. Words are powerful.

Jesus Christ is known as the Word of God (John 1:1). The Word of the Lord is also equated with a double-edged sword capable of dividing soul and spirit (Hebrews 4:12). Now that is power!

Our words also have power if not the same level as Christ. We can build up or tear down. Sadly we are more prone to tearing down. Therefore, the psalmist calls out God to watch his mouth like an armed guard over a dangerous prisoner. We too need God’s spiritual guardianship over our words to lead us away from destructive words. Rather, we must pray for pleasant words. “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24).

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