Psalms 12:6 "The words of the Lord are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times."
In this psalm, King David offers contrasting pictures of words spoken with flattering lips and words of the Lord spoken in purity. Words spoken with flattering lips are words spoken in pride with selfish intent, saying, "With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own; Who is lord over us?" To the contrary, words of the Lord are spoken in humility with pure intent, saying, "For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise." Simply put, words spoken by flattering lips paint a prideful picture focused on self; whereas, words spoken by the Lord paint a humble picture focused on others.
In Matthew 12:34-37, Jesus provides clear teaching about the words we speak, saying, "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." For me, meditating on this truth spoken by the Lord highlights the sober reality of the weight and significance that He places on the words I speak and even write as both come from the abundance of my heart. Therefore, I willingly submit myself to the Lord's heart purifying work of the Holy Spirit so that He can fully and freely filter the words I speak and write from my heart.
Heavenly Father, I praise You for You are Jehovah Jireh, the Lord Who Sees And Who Provides! Thank You Lord for seeing into my heart and providing me with the words You would have me to speak and write from the abundance of my heart. By the power of Your Holy Spirit living in me, give me the courage to speak and write from my heart with a bold faith and a humble spirit in You. I love You Jesus! Amen!
Written by Gary J. Borgstede
President and Founder of The Make It Happen Learning Institute
Reaching People, Unleashing The Extraordinary! ® www.makeithappenbooks.com
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Gary J. Borgstede is the published author of the leadership books titled, The Make It Happen Journey and Kings Come Forth, as well as the faith-based leadership education blog at www.makeithappenmoment.com.