"The Power Of Our Tongue"
February 20, 2010
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Not so long ago, as part of my duties, I had to attend a banquet.
The food was good, but the speakers, for the most part, left something to be desired. I say, "for the most part" because there was an exception. There was an excellent speaker in attendance at that banquet.
The master of ceremonies with great enthusiasm and many superlative words, introduced the lady. He eulogized her many wonderful qualities and activities. He told us she was faithful, charming, and a person who accomplished great things.
Finally, the MC sat down and turned the podium over to the somewhat embarrassed guest of honor. Appearing to be somewhat overwhelmed, the speaker got up, faced the audience, cleared her throat and began, "After such an introduction, I'm afraid to hear what I'm going to say."
Allow me to share that she did a wonderful job.
Have you ever been afraid of what you were going to say or embarrassed at what slipped out of your mouth?
It's true. There are many times I've put my foot in my mouth; there are many times when, in spite of my best of intentions, I haven't said the right thing. I try, but it just doesn't come out right.
All too often my tongue has caused offense, brought about pain, and been cutting.
Maybe you can say the same.
If so, I invite you to join me and the Psalmist in the prayer which serves as the text for today's Daily Devotion. We who have been touched by the Lord's love, who have heard Jesus' words of forgiveness spoken from the cross, need to do our best to use our tongues to thank the Lord and bestow blessings upon our brothers and sisters in Jesus.
By God's grace, the Holy Spirit can minimize the negative impact of our tongues and maximize the blessings they bestow.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Jesus, I want to be bold in sharing the story of Your saving grace. May the words I speak reflect my risen Savior who lived and died to take away my sins. May my words sing His praises and be a blessing to those around me. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries