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October 27, 2022
Today’s reading: Psalms 141:3-4
Guard my mouth
We read in Psalms 141:3-4:
3 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Do not incline my heart to any evil thing,
To practice wicked works
With men who work iniquity;
And do not let me eat of their delicacies.
We know how the mouth can become a tool for evil and the lips an instrument for destruction. Our words can both be beneficial and destructive. It depends on how we use them.
That’s why part of our prayer is for God to help us carefully choose our words so that it edifies anyone who hears us. Once the words leave our lips, it would be difficult to take them back.
King David knew how important it is for us to use our words for the good of others. We can’t simply use our mouths to praise God and at the same time, curse men.
Thus, it is only fitting for us to ask God to help us keep our mouths from evil.
Aside from that, David’s request includes keeping our hearts free of evil. What we say comes from our hearts. What’s inside is what comes out.
Sadly, the human heart is naturally inclined to do evil. Because of human nature, we are more prone to do evil than good. Thankfully, God promised to change our heart of stone to the heart of flesh. God gives us His set-apart Spirit and transforms us into children.
With our hearts inclined to doing good and letting God guard our mouth and lips, we can be better servants of the Almighty and a blessing to those people around us.
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