Oh, Be Careful Little Tongue What You Say

Day 189

1 Chronicles 5:18‐6:81; Acts 26:1‐32; Psalm 6:1‐10; Proverbs 18:20‐21

Oh, Be Careful Little Tongue What You Say

Do you remember that song from VBS? Why was it important? “‘Cause the Father up above is looking down in love, so be careful little tongue what you say.”

Mark Twain said, “The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” From a young age, a little song taught me that we are accountable for the words we use.

In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 12, Jesus teaches that our words have eternal importance. He says that by them we are acquitted or condemned. Words are powerful.

The Proverb says that the tongue has the power of life and death. Good speech will produce results that benefit the speaker, and evil words produce results that harm the speaker. A person can set many things in motion simply by the words they use, whether careless or carefully formed.

The Psalmist thinks God is absent and calls on Him in tears. Notice that most laments rarely remain in fear or sadness. He is reminded of God’s goodness, and joy is restored.

As disciples of Jesus, we all experience adversity during our pilgrimage on earth. Like the Psalmist, we may deal with anxiety, doubt, sadness, or anger, but if we trust our Lord and His promises and cry out to Him in prayer, He will hear us and act.

Victory for Israel was the result of divine help for the helpless. The Chronicler writes that the people of God faced insurmountable odds, but fidelity and trust brought victory over foes as they cried out to God and were helped. With their words to God, instead of self-reliance, His people received help, victory, and blessing.

You can trust that He hears your words spoken to Him. He is our Father up above, looking down in love.

C. Todd Hare
Holy Trinity Church
Johnson City, TN

Emmanuel God With Us

Day 188

1 Chronicles 4:5‐5:17; Acts 25:1‐27; Psalm 5:1‐12; Proverb 18:19

Emmanuel God With Us (Psalm 5)

It is so easy to think that we are all alone when the world seems to be falling in around us. It is speculated that this was written by David when he was being persecuted by many. Notice that he opens up his prayer of lament with a petition to be heard by God. He may have felt abandoned, but you can see that he is also very expectant because in verse 3 he “waits expectantly.” Not only does he know that God hears him but that God will act.

Isn’t it also nice to see that David, the man after God’s own heart, needs God’s help to keep those with evil intent from impacting his own life (v. 8-9)? That’s something we can all relate to. When we are surrounded by the lies of the world, we must ask God for His wisdom and discernment to know what is true. So learn from David. Pray, wait, and know the Word, so you can easily distinguish God’s voice from all the distractions.

Jeremy Dixon
Briarwood Presbyterian
Birmingham, AL

David’s Trust

Day 187

1 Chronicles 2:18‐4:4; Acts 24:1‐27; Psalm 4:1‐8; Proverbs 18:16‐18

David’s Trust

David trusted in the Lord and had a loving concern for sinners. Verse 1 gives us a glimpse into his relationship with God. Because David had experienced the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness, he cried out with confidence for God’s intervention once again. Remembering what the Lord has done in your life and the lives of others is good! Remembering fuels our love and faith in Him. In verse 2, it is important to note that David’s audience changes from God to sinful man. It is not by accident or coincidence that David first communicates to God before addressing men. If you want to speak with wisdom and power, if you want your words to count, go to your Creator and Savior. May we be quick to listen and slow to speak and only speak with the authority we have in Christ Jesus. Charles Spurgeon wrote, “Surely we should all speak the more boldly to men if we had more constant converse with God. He who dares to face his Maker will not tremble before the sons of men.”

In verses 2-6, David urged people to turn from sin and put their trust in the Lord. He spoke from experience in verse 4: “The Lord hears me when I call.” Verse 7 shows that the joy of the Lord is inexpressibly more valuable than anything this world has to offer. Pray that God will give you boldness and wisdom to stand for righteousness and share His goodness with others today.

Ryan Brewer
Birmingham, AL