Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
Words are powerful. Words can ignite or extinguish relationships. Words generate global outcomes of war and peace. Words bring tears of emotion. But words can also make us laugh until our sides ache. Teachers’ words can establish everlasting motivation to live in the souls of students. Mighty prayers uttered in every language bring revival. Beautiful lyrics sung bring healing and joy. The precious gift of salvation resonates through sweet and simple word stories of Jesus Christ’s birth, death and resurrection. (John 3:16; John 14:6, Romans 10:9)
At the beginning of each year I prayerfully choose a scripture verse to memorize and recite daily. Psalm 141:3 was perfect for me one year because I had found myself blurting occasional careless zingers which were sometimes hurtful or misunderstood by others. I began praying the sixteen-word motherlode verse daily. I wanted my remarks to encourage, help and bring a spirit of joy instead of being sources of potential negativity, confusion and division.
Confidence to communicate with others thoughtfully was rejuvenated as my prayers began to be answered. Peace returned when I asked for the Lord’s help. He knew my love to encourage others had been targeted by the enemy! A.W. Tozer said, “So, it becomes the devil’s business to keep the Christian’s spirit imprisoned. Satan works to keep us bound and gagged and imprisoned in our own grave clothes. He knows that if we continue in this kind of bondage. . . we are not much better off than when we were spiritually dead.”
Savior, be my Watchman in order to demolish possible arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against your will. Help me to strive to take captive of every thought. Teach me to reveal your love through my speech. (Ezekiel 3:16 and 2 Corinthians 10:5)