Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
keep watch over the door of my lips! (Psalm 141:3 ESV)
Even the psalmist, the writer of Scripture, knows his own heart and the danger of his words. James tells us that the tongue is the rudder of the body.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. (James 3:5-8 ESV)
Do you ever regret your words?
Ask the Lord to set a guard over your mouth and use it to praise Him.
McCheyne’s reading plan: 2 Ch 27-28, Re 14, Zech 10, Ps 140-141