Today is our final installment in The Words Series – thanks for sticking with me. This week we’ve talked about how to speak with gracious words that are healing. If we can’t, then less is more. If we’re attacked by others’ words, then trust that God has us. And never forget to say I love you.
Sometimes, that feels like a tremendous amount to remember. Filled with a road of pitfalls and traps since many times that means we’re fighting instincts that come naturally to us (like fighting back!).
But we’re not in this alone. God offers to speak wisdom to us, then to put the right words in our mouths, and then we will speak with wisdom and our words will be protected.
1. Hear His Words.
You are my portion, Lord; I have promised to obey your words. Psalm 119:57
“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.” Deuteronomy 11
2. Ask To Be Given The Right Words.
You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. Exodus 4:15
I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand— I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’” Isaiah 51:16
“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord. Isaiah 59:21
3. Wisdom Through, and Protection Of, Your Words Will Come.
My mouth will speak words of wisdom; the meditation of my heart will give you understanding. Psalm 49:3
For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. Luke 21:15
The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. I Samuel 3:19
Next week we’re back to leadership and fashion and random thoughts for the week. I hope you’ve found a nugget in this study and thank you for allowing me the time, as Ann Voskamp says, preach this gospel to myself. My hope, after a lot of work and practice and mistakes, is that I will be able to say, like David:
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14