Psalm 45:1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
It is true that my tongue and yours are pens writing upon the heart, soul and minds of people all around us. Our words are powerful. Proverbs 18:21 says: “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
The psalmist says our tongue is a pen of a skillful writer. The unfortunate thing about words is that once they are out of your mouth there is no way to retract them. They are like the vapor from a spray container. Once that concentrated scent is out it can’t be put back. Once our words are heard they cannot be rescinded. Bam, there they are! Saying ‘I didn’t mean it that way’ is often futile in trying to undo the damage.
The beautiful thing about a pen and paper is you can read and reread your prose with the ability to correct it. When you publish it, the final product is powerful. Wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to speak so effectively that others would say of you that your tongue is the pen of a skillful writer?
I suppose that is why David in Psalm 141:3 says: “Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips”. James chapter 3 says about the tongue: “Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark”. It can cause so many problems that are so hard to resolve. If only we would weigh our words before we said them, what a wonderful world we would live in.
That is the joy of prophesy for 1 Corinthians 14 says that prophecy encourages, comforts and builds up. The words of God are creative and life giving. Oh, that we could prophesy at all times. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear words of love and blessing everyday? We could start a revolution of goodness by being the ones to speak this way so that the spark would light a great forest on fire with love.
Prayer: “Lord, guard my words, quicken my mind and let me be known for words of love, strength and comfort. I want to be a part of your prophetic revolution of goodness and love.”