“Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.” (Psalms 34:11-13)
Today’s Morsel: The purpose of bits and bridles placed on a mule or horse is to control them. As King David admonishes, “Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.” (Psalms 32:9) These bits and bridles are used so the animal may be brought into subjection and become obedient. James tells us that our tongues are little members, but they set on fire the courses of hell. God didn’t design that we, as humans, should be controlled with bits and bridles to control our speech and tongue. He gave us a set of lips. If we learn to control our lips, we can control our words. When Isaiah saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up and his train filled the temple, he said, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.” (Isaiah 6:5-7) His unclean lips needed to be cleansed. If we learn to keep our tongue from evil, and our lips from speaking guile, we can see many days, see good, and have a good and productive life. But if we do not bridle our tongue but deceive his own heart, our religion is vain, James said (James 1:26). When you start to feel those evil words of the heart start to rise up in you, you might want to breathe through your lips before you utter those words. Your lips aren’t call soup coolers for nothing.
Sing: Whisper a prayer in the morning, whisper a prayer at noon, whisper a prayer in the evening, so keep your heart in tone.
Thought For Today: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11)