Security is a concern for many people these days. For some, a dog is enough. Big or small, a dog will alert the owners to a possible intruder and cause possible intruders to be wary. Others will make sure that they have reinforced doors and bars on the windows to keep people out. Alarm systems are all the rage as well. Walk down just about any neighborhood and you’ll see competing companies with their signs warning the bad guys that “this house is protected.” If you’re really worried about safety, you might even have armed guards patrolling your compound.
There is a bigger problem with security, though, it happens when we reveal things or say things we don’t mean to say. Jesus told His disciples to worry more about what came out of their mouths than what went into their mouths. Too often our words destroy the very things we are trying to accomplish because they reveal our sinfulness. David recognized the need for security over his words. “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3)
Back in David’s day he was dealing with many people from many areas of life. While running from Saul, people who had grievances joined him. It would have been easy to set them off, or start a revolution by saying the wrong things. As a king, he united the many factions of Israel. Still, as history showed, the union was fragile and it wouldn’t have taken much for the coalition to break up. In light of this, David recognized the need to be very careful about what he said. He turned to God for guidance in his words. He recognized the need for security and how easy it is to say one injudicious word that could spark all kinds of troubles.
Hawk Nelson, in his song “Words” reminds us clearly that “Words can build you up, Words can break you down Start a fire in your heart or Put it out.” Even more important to remember is that today we need guards not only on our mouths, but on our keyboards as well. The things we say on social media can cause all kinds of problems if we are not careful – sometimes even when we make innocent comments. We live in a country that is divided along so many different lines that whatever we say will cause some people to react negatively. While we can’t do much with some people who are always negative, we can destroy friendships, we can hurt people, we can turn people against Christ by typing or saying things without that guard over our mouth or our keyboard. So, when it comes to my words, even knowing that some people will always reject them, I want this solution – also from the Hawk Nelson song: “Let my words be life, Let my words be truth, I don’t wanna say a word, Unless it points the world back to You.”
O Lord, put a lock on my mouth and on my keyboard. Let me speak and write of Your grace. Let that message of grace meet the needs of those who already know You and those who need to know You. Let all my words be to others as a spring of cool water on a hot day. May my words always bring honor to You.