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January 22, 1999

Measuring Your Words

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May the LORD cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue. PSALM 12:3
There’s no questioning the importance God puts on the spoken word. After all, He spoke into existence the universe and everything in it (Genesis 1). And “the Word” is one of the names God uses for Himself (John 1:1).
We see examples every day of the power words carry—the power to motivate, the power to influence, the power to justify, the power to hurt, and the power to heal.
King David went through a time when he felt that everyone around him was lying, to him and to each other (Psalm 12:2). They said nice things, but their words were lies. They were trying to deceive for their own gain. They flattered others and boasted about their own value, but they had ulterior, selfish motives. David saw through this deception in the people of his day, just as God sees through it in us.
We have to ask ourselves: Are we sincere in the things we say to people, or are we merely trying to impress them or butter them up so they can help us improve our stations in life? That type of talk leads to self-centeredness. It leads us to say, or at least to think, “We will triumph with our tongues; we own our lips—who is our master?” (Psalm 12:4).
What if God did your talking for you? How would that sound? “And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times” (v. 6).
Who is doing the talking in your life—you or God?

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