Speak as unto the Lord

Cathy Hurtado

I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence.”  But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased.  My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: “Show me, O LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life.  You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you.  Each man’s life is but a breath.  Selah (Psalm 39:1-5)

For those who know me, you know I always have a lot to say.  And, unfortunately there are times when I say too much or react with too much passion.  As I read this Psalm from David, I noticed several things important for me to weave into my life and I’ll share them with you.  First, David knew how important it was not to sin (both in his actions and with his tongue) and he spent effort not to do it.  Second, he was aware of the impact that his words would have on the wicked and he kept quiet.  Third, keeping quiet wasn’t easy.  Whatever he was facing, his anguish grew.  Fourth, even as his emotions intensified (the fire burned), he meditated.  He wrestled with the situation in His mind.  Fifth and finally, when he did finally speak, it was to the Lord.

As we head into a Yew Year, join me as I seek to rely on God to be wise in when I speak, to process my emotions through the grid of God’s Word and to take my intensifying emotions to God to get His perspective.

Father, let Your supernatural power be evident in our lives.  Amen.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Jan wrote:
This covers my new year's resolution to a t! I want to wait for words that are blessesd by the Holy Spirit. I want God to speak through me to help build up, not tear down. God bless you, Cathy, for speaking to my needs!

Tue, January 3, 2012 @ 4:11 PM

2. Glenna Weaver wrote:
What struck me particularly in this passage was "Show me, O Lord, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life." I have one day to work before I retire from 36 years of nursing. I am challenged to use the remainder of my life in a way that pleases God.

Wed, January 4, 2012 @ 4:23 AM

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