Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

To Speak or not to Speak . . .

Psalm 39:1-5 NLT

[1] I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.”

[2] But as I stood there in silence— not even speaking of good things— the turmoil within me grew worse.

[3] The more I thought about it, the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words:

[4] “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is.

[5] You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”

Reflection . . .

Do you attract attention toward or away from God?


The tongue is small but can do much damage. It can control so much. It’s capable of incredible praise and great destruction! It needs to be under guard and in the habit of singing the praise and goodness of God. It reveals what is truly in our hearts.

The tongue is the ambassador of the heart. 

John Lyly (ca. 1554–1606)

Let’s pray these words in response:

FATHER, rescue me from my rebellion. I put my hope in you and only in you. Give me the desire and the power to curb my tongue and to control what I say and do. Help me, Lord, to extinguish the anger and to keep silent when the ungodly are around. Keep my angry thoughts from igniting a fire of words. You alone can do this.1

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1 Praying Through the Bible, August 24 Curbing the Tongue