PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Psalm 59
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“See what they spew from their mouths – the words from their lips are sharp as swords.” (Psalm 59:7)
This psalm describes a very specific situation that David faced.
David is in a battle for his life, and he is pleading for God to protect him.
What stands out to me is how words are used as part of the violence.
They jab and slash their enemy with their words, to bring him down.
Listen to an argument (even in church), and note how words are used.
The personal position is declared to be superior, faithful, right, true.
The position of the other is minimized, shown in its worse possible light.
And again and again personal jabs at the other push the opponent further down.
I know I use words like this, to defend my position by attacking the other.
“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love.” (Psalm 59:16)
What if instead of trying to beat the person I am arguing with, I speak of God’s love?
That probably feels weak, but isn’t this how we ought to overcome evil, in us and others?
Our only hope is God’s mercy and love, not our word victories (only Satan’s wins these).
If I really rely on God (v.17), I will not use my words as swords to attack others.
Lord, show me when I am resorting to words like weapons. Help me not to play the devil’s game, and instead to use my words to love God and love people.