I love what Psalm 141 has to say about our words and allowing people to speak into our lives.
3Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips. 4 Don’t let me drift toward evil or take part in acts of wickedness. Don’t let me share in the delicacies of those who do wrong.
Our words have incredible power in them and when they are spoken, they can’t be taken back. Asking God to control what we say and guard our lips can be a huge part of helping us stay on track and keep our relationships clear. In this Psalm, David even goes so far as to ask God to keep him from taking part in “acts of wickedness” and sharing “in the delicacies of those who do wrong”. To me, this speaks of gossip. It can be so easy to follow what others are saying and share bits of gossip, but that’s far from how God wants us to speak and deal with others.
5Let the godly strike me! It will be a kindness! If they correct me, it is soothing medicine. Don’t let me refuse it.
Verse 5 speaks to me of accountability or allowing others to speak into our lives. Correction from someone who we trust and who cares about us can be a huge help in navigating life. I am so grateful for the people in my life who are not afraid to speak truth to me – their words have provided truth and direction when I couldn’t find it on my own.
Take this Psalm today and spend some time thinking about your words and accountability. Do you have someone in your life who speaks truth to you or are you surrounded by people who only say what you want to hear? Who we choose to surround ourselves with makes a huge difference.
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