Words like swords?

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.
PRAYER
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.

2 Comments

  1. ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never break me.’
    But they do.
    Words spoken need to show my love for God and man. I need to sing songs of praises each day anew. It is in His power I go forward this day for the Lord God is my strength and song. He is first in all I do and say. This day belongs to the Lord.

    This is the day, this is the day.
    That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made.
    We will rejoice, we will rejoice,
    And be glad in it, and be glad in it.
    This is the day that the Lord has made.
    We will rejoice and be glad in it.
    This is the day, this is the day
    That the Lord has made.
    2
    We are the sons, we are the sons,
    Of the living God, of the living God.
    We will rejoice, we will rejoice,
    And be glad in Him, and be glad in Him.
    We are the sons of the living God.
    We will rejoice and be glad in Him.
    We are the sons, we are the sons
    Of the living God.

  2. For the sins of their mouths,
    for the words of their lips,
    let them be caught in their pride.
    ‘Oh be careful what you say” – a line in a children’s song – but I line I need to observe diligently. Pride and ego may trip me up and I say things with wrong intent. Humble and remind me Lord – I need to check my thoughts and tongue – check me and teach me to speak the words you would have me say!

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