Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart

be acceptable in your sight,

O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19: 14

 

We might think that words are a small thing in the grand course of the affairs of our world. They are so easy to throw out, and there certainly are many of them in the air at all times. Even the ones that are written down in some form or other are as numerous as those ancient sands on the beach. Most of us say things that we do not really mean, and we enter into discussions wherein the way that we engage with others is not well considered or given much weight. We humans just tend to be careless with our words. But carelessness is really no excuse, and thoughtlessness is no reason for us to put out words that are harsh, demeaning, and rudely inconsiderate. I don’t think that it is accidental that David not only prays for the words that he speaks but links them to the things that his heart contemplates. Our words are a reflection of the state of the heart, and the state of our hearts is influenced greatly by what we say and how we say it.

 

With the wonderful complexity of the languages that God has given to us for use in expressing ourselves, there is really no excuse at all for using words and expressions that are demeaning or imprecise unless that is exactly what we intend to do. So, when someone makes reference to others in ways that set them apart as inferior or as undesirable, this is not a casual event or just a picturesque way of speaking; rather, it is a deliberate attempt to set up the speaker as the superior being and the object of the statement as the lesser form of humanity. This sort of thing is directly opposed to the way that God views others and it is also a specific contradiction of the manner that Christ has instructed us to view them. In simple terms, thinking and speaking of people in a derogatory manner is sinful and stands under God’s condemnation as such.

 

Like all sin, there is grace for the sinner and repentance brings that person under the restorative care of Christ. But that is the only answer to this pervasive problem in our world. The use of our words for the sake of diminishing others and thus for building up ourselves, the application of coarse and vulgar speech, and the harsh nature of our rhetoric is a pervasive concern in our day. This sort of sinful behavior is coming out of the mouths or presidents and kings, and it has infiltrated into our houses of governance and of worship. It is time for us all to repent of this sort of thinking and the words that flow out of it. It is time to say “enough, stop!” to all of this sort of interchange. We do not need to listen to it, and we certainly must not engage in it. All who do engage in this sort of behavior are sinning in the eyes of God and their thoughts and words should be rejected as those of the ungodly so long as they continue in this manner. Human nature is no excuse, and passion is not a valid reason for this sort of thing, for the Lord has granted to us His Word of life and His words for use in expressing love, edification, encouragement, and praise. Let’s make those Godly thoughts and words what we reflect upon and the manner of expressing what our heart contemplates.