“Out of the overflow of the heart–the mouth speaks.” Matthew 12:34
Hence we must get our heart right–if we would speak words that are Christlike. A bitter heart cannot give out sweet words–nor can an impure heart speak wholesome, pure words.
Most people talk too much–they chatter on forever. Silence is far better than idle, sinful, or foolish speech.
We have suggestions in the New Testament as to the kind of speech that is worthy of a redeemed life. Paul has some very plain words on the subject: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29. That is, no word should be spoken which does not help to build up character, make those who hear it better, inspire some good thought, some holy feeling, some kindly act, or put some touch of beauty upon the life.
A Christian’s words should “impart grace to the hearers.” That is, they should impart blessing in some way. We all know people whose words have this quality. They are not always exhorting, preaching, or talking religiously–and yet we never speak with them without being the better for it. Their simplest words do us good. They give cheer, courage, and hope. We feel braver and stronger after a little conversation with them, even after a moment’s greeting on the street.
In another place Paul says, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6.
This means graceful speech, not merely as to its manner–but also as to its quality. It must be speech such as Christ Himself would use if He were in our place, and we know that every word of His was a holy seed. Our speech is to be “full of grace”–it is to be true, reverent, helpful, inspiring.
Our speech should be “seasoned with salt,” that is, it should be pure and clean. Salt preserves from decay and putridity. The Christian’s speech should have in it the divine quality of holiness, and its effect should be cleansing and purifying. Someone speaks of the words of Jesus as a handful of spices cast into this world’s bitter waters to sweeten them. Every Christian’s words should have like influence in society, wherever they are spoken.
The seasoning is important–our speech is to be “seasoned with salt.” Love is salt. Truth is salt. Our speech should be always kindly. It should be without bitterness, without malice, without unlovingness in any form. The seasoning should be salt. Some people use pepper instead–and pepper is sharp, biting, pungent. Their speech is full of sarcasm, of censure, of bitterness, of words that hurt and burn. This is not Christlike speech. We should never be content to talk even five minutes with another, without saying at least a word or two that may do good, that may give a helpful impulse or kindle an upward aspiration.
We would be strong for this new day, and we wait upon You to renew our strength. We need spiritual strength for the day that is before us.
We shall have burdens to carry, and battles to fight, and trials to endure, and duties to perform, and temptations to conquer, and conflicts with the evil world. We need strength for all these experiences. You alone can give us what we need.
You are our refuge and our strength–a very present help in times of trouble. You have promised to be with us, and to strengthen us. You have said that as our days are–so shall our strength be; and that Your grace is sufficient for us. We accept these assurances, believing that we shall obtain help from You for every duty and every struggle this day.
We would lean our weakness–on Your strength, our ignorance–on Your wisdom, our trembling insecurity–on Your unchangeableness.
Restrain us from all excess, of whatever kind, from all extravagance of speech, from all foolish vanity, from inordinate affection and emotion.
Make us thoughtful, serious, solemn, watchful, and prayerful.
May we be stronger in faith, more earnest in purpose, more holy in thought and feeling– because of our communion with You this day.
We ask You for grace to perform our allotted tasks with diligence; to guide our affairs with discretion; to do all things, whatever we do, in the name of the Lord Jesus; and in all our ways to acknowledge You.
Order our steps in Your word–and let not any iniquity have dominion over us.
Take all the tangled threads of our lives into Your own hand, and unravel them, weaving them into a web of beauty.
Heavenly Father, the day is gone, and we cannot recall it . . .
to amend its doings,
to correct its mistakes,
to blot out its sins,
to undo the things we ought not to have done,
to do the things we ought to have done, but left undone,
to unsay the words we ought not to have said,
to speak the words we ought to have spoken.
The day is gone from us–and is with You. We leave it in Your hands. Whatever we have done that was not according to Your will–may You graciously forgive. The things that pleased You–may You bless.
Our disappointments, we accept as Your appointments for us–better than our own way would have been. Teach us the lessons You would have us learn from the day’s experiences. May we be wiser for having lived through these experiences. May . . .
our faith be stronger,
our love be deeper,
our earnestness be more intense,
and our zeal be more intense.
May we nestle in Your love, as little children nestle in the mother’s bosom. May we hide in You as in an everlasting rock, so that our peace may never be disturbed, even in the wildest storms of earth. Enfold us all now in Your everlasting arms, and may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be upon us.
I will give thanks unto you Lord
For you are good your loving kindness never ends
I raise my hands, you heal my soul
Here in the presence of the Lord my hearts restored
And you guide me in the paths of righteousness
And you hide me in the shadow of your hand
I rest in You
Blessed be the name of the Lord
I’m my Father’s child forevermore
You heard every cry
You broke every chain
You alone delivered me
The Son of God He reigns on the throne
King of Kings let all the nations know
That the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever
My Prince of Peace, You lifted me
Where everything that’s named is placed under your feet
And may my praises be as incense to you Lord
And may my worship be a sweet fragrance
To You alone my King
For the Lord is good and His mercy endures forever and ever
by Francis Bourdillon
“I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.”
“I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right.” God orders all things! His “judgments” here mean His general orderings, decisions, dealings–not afflictions only, though including them.
And when the Psalmist says, “Your judgments,” he means especially God’s judgments towards him, God’s dealings with him, and thus all that had happened to him or would happen to him. For in the Psalmist’s creed, there was no such thing as chance. God ordered all that befell him, and he delighted to think so. He expresses a sure and happy confidence in all that God did and would do, with regard to him. He trusted fully in God’s wisdom, God’s power, and God’s love.
“I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right”–quite right, right in every way, perfectly wise and good–without one single point that might have been better. David shows the firmest persuasion of this. “I know,” he says; not merely “I think.” But these very words, “I know,” clearly show that this was a matter of faith, not of sight. For he does not say, “I can see that your judgments are right”–but “I know.” The meaning plainly is, “Though I cannot see all–though there are some things in Your dealings which I cannot fully understand–yet, I believe, I am persuaded, and thus I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right.”
“Your judgments.” Not some of them–but ALL. He takes into view all God’s dealings with him and says of them without exception, “I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right.”
When the things that happen to us are plainly for our comfort and good, as many of them are–then we thankfully receive what God thus sends to us, and own Him as the Giver of all, and bless Him for His gracious dealing; and this is right. But all the faith required for this, is to own God as dealing with us, instead of thanklessly receiving the gifts with no thought of the Giver. It is a far higher degree of faith, that says of ALL God’s dealings, even when seemingly not for our happiness, “I know that Your judgments are right!”
Yet this is the meaning here, or certainly the chief meaning. For though the word “judgments” does mean God’s dealings of every kind–yet here the words which follow, make it apply especially to God’s afflictive dealings–that is, to those dealings of His that do not seem to be for our happiness, “I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right, and that You in faithfulness have afflicted me.”
The judgments which the Psalmist chiefly had in view, and which he felt so sure were right, were not joys–but sorrows; not things bestowed–but things taken away; those blessings in disguise; those veiled mercies; those gifts clad in the garb of mourning–which God so often sends to His children. The Psalmist knew, and knew against all appearance to the contrary, that these judgments were “right.” Whatever they might be–losses, bereavements, disappointments, pain, sickness–they were right, perfectly right; so right that they could not have been better; just what were best–and all because they were God’s judgments.
That one thing satisfied the Psalmist’s mind, and set every doubt at rest. The dealings in themselves, he might have doubted–but not Him whose dealings they were. “Your judgments.” That settled all.
“And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.” This means that, in appointing trouble as his lot, God had dealt with him in faithfulness to His word, in faithfulness to His purposes of mercy, and in faithful love. God had sent him just what was most for his good, though not always what was most pleasing; and in this He had shown Himself faithful. Gently and lovingly does the Lord deal with His children. He gives no unnecessary pain; but that which is needful, He will not withhold.
Taken from http://www.gracegems.org/Grace_Gems.htm