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I live among lions, who gobble down people! They have spears and arrows instead of teeth, and they have sharp swords instead of tongues (Psalm 57:4, CEV).

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Abandoned Farmyard – photo courtesy of Donald Adam

Reflection

This week’s I Love the Psalms theme is the power of the tongue.

What is the most destructive organ of the human body? Some might think it’s the clenched fist. But the fist clenches in response to what the tongue says. The tongue is the force that unleashes the fist and the guns of war. Today’s verse from the Psalms reminds us of this truth.

I live among lions, who gobble down people! They have spears and arrows instead of teeth, and they have sharp swords instead of tongues (Psalm 57:4, CEV).

Spears and arrows are set in motion by the tongue. James reminds us of the fearsome power of the tongue. It takes only a spark to start a forest fire! The tongue is like a spark. It is an evil power that dirties the rest of the body and sets a person’s entire life on fire with flames that come from hell itself (James 3:5-6).

We desperately need to gain control of our tongues.

Response: LORD God, through the power of your Holy Spirit I set a guard on my lips. Help me to use my tongue to bring goodness, truth and encouragement today. Amen.

Your Turn: Do you often regret the words you speak? Do you need to clean up your conversation? Has God helped you gain control of your tongue?