I said, “I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.” Psalm 39:1
David is now learning to keep himself from sin by keeping his heart quiet. He has learned words say more about himself then what he wants to admit and being silent can say much more. Putting a muzzle on his mouth in the face of the wicked was a great step for his heart to find freedom. David found temptation with his words of rebuttal in the face of the enemy.
Haven’t we all been there? We know the times when the enemy pursues us through the heart and words reflect our heart and now David understands the best growth can be experienced through no words. When we refuse to engage in arguments with the enemy, we are allowing our heart to meditate on the truth. Often the enemy’s influence grows because of the fire of words but spiritual growth comes when the words are allowed to dissolve before they have an opportunity to grow into a wildfire.
It is a test for the heart to be put under the fire of the harmful words of others. We can allow the words to grow in our heart and take power over our thinking. When this happens, we may slip and speak words of harm. David learned to keep his tongue from sin by remaining still. Allowing ourselves the time to hear the words God is saying and not get confused when we allow the words of others to speak into our heart. Protect the heart by receiving words of truth and let the rest go for some words need to become dead.
Today in the Workplace
Are there words which need to be silenced?