GUARD MY MOUTH!
Date: July 17
Category: Godly Character
"Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips."
Our mouths and our lips are two of the most significant parts of our bodies. They are the instruments or the channels that will best convey who we are as individuals. That's why it's so important to be aware of what our mouths are saying. Jesus said in Matthew 12:34b, "For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks." So whatever your heart is full of is what you will speak. Your heart is really who you are. Because you will speak whatever that's in your heart, your speech will reveal the kind of person that you are. If you are constantly complaining about other people and slandering other people, then your speech shows that you are a complainer and a slanderer. As you talk (regardless of what you are talking about), your mouth reveals more of who you are than the subject or the person you are talking about.
So that's why we always have to pray this same prayer that the psalmist did in this verse, "Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth." We have to ask God to set a guard before our mouths; meaning God should be the One who guards what words come from our mouths. Then we read, "keep watch at the door of my lips." So before our lips even open to release any words, God is the One who keeps watch at the door. We have to pray that God will ensure that everything that we speak is either from the Word of God or influenced by the Word of God.
But how can we ensure that? Well if we speak from the fullness of our hearts and if we want our words to be God's Word, then we have to fill our hearts with the Word of God. In order to speak God's Word, we must know it. In order to know it, we must read it and meditate upon it. And as we speak it, we will come to learn the creative power that we have in our tongues.
In Genesis 1 we read that as God spoke He created. He created the heavens and the earth and everything in it. Just as God's words have creative power, so do ours. It's so important to understand that you and I have creative power in our tongues. Our thoughts have power over our lives as well because if we continually dwell on our thoughts, then eventually those thoughts will determine our destinies. But those thoughts will manifest themselves through our words. So because our words have such a strong influence in our futures, we have to ensure we are speaking positive words.
We read in Mark 11:24, "Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! And does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him." In other words, Jesus is saying here that God has given creative power to our words, so what we say will happen (if we truly believe what we have said). So your words really have greater power than your thoughts. If you constantly dwell on your thoughts, then eventually they will become your words as well. But if you speak differently than your thoughts, your words will influence your future more than your thoughts will.
For example, sometimes you may have thoughts of inadequacy, like thoughts of not being good enough, not being able to make it, or thoughts of failure. Now those thoughts are not from God. The Word of God didn't say those things about you so they couldn't have come from God. If they didn't come from God, then they must have come from Satan, the father of lies. If you continually dwell on those thoughts then eventually you will start speaking them. But if you catch yourself thinking that way and decide to speak the opposite of what you think, then you will see a change in your situation. So the moment you catch yourself thinking that way, that's the moment to open your mouth and say, "I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency." (Philippians 4:13)
We should always be speaking God's Word. His Word encourages, strengthens and uplifts us and other people. His Word never tears people down or slanders people. As we speak His Word, we will not only influence our futures in a positive way but we will also show other people around us who we have in our hearts – Jesus Christ. So every morning, we should pray this prayer as soon as we wake up. "Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips." (Psalm 141:3) Every day we should allow God to govern the words that come from our mouths. After all, it is those words that will determine our destinies.