(Psalms 145:1-7) A Song of Praise. Of David. I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
(Matthew 12:34-35) You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil.
We have looked at the danger of the tongue and the difficulty in taming it. We have looked at how the tongue can cut deeply and the wounds inflicted by the tongue can sometimes never be healed. But it is with the same tongue that you extol and praise the Lord. Throughout the book of Psalms, David give us so many examples of extolling and praising the Lord. God's desire is that you would use your tongue to speak of His mighty deeds, His unmeasured grace, and His deep love.
Words are important; words are powerful; words can have a deep and lasting impact; but ultimately words alone are empty. What God is seeking is that which is in your heart, for that which is in your heart will eventually be spoken through your tongue; for good or for bad. Filtering what comes out of your mouth is important, but even more important is addressing what is in your heart.
Fill your heart today with things of the Lord and those things in your heart spill out and be spoken by your tongue. Speak of the Lord, extol Him, and praise His name!
Questions for Discussion
- What eventually happens to that which is in your heart?
- What is even more important than filtering what comes out of your mouth?
- What does God deeply desire to hear come from your mouth?