Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. (Ps. 141:3)
Expanded Passage: Psalm 141:2-4
Shivers went down my spine as I shot out of bed like a human cannonball. My Goldendoodle was barking at an intense level, which was out of the ordinary. As I rushed downstairs, thoughts of a home invasion flashed through my mind. Was someone trying to break in? Was someone already in my home? I checked on my children first, then turned on all the lights around my house to see what was going on. Lo and behold, I discovered the invader. It was a deer traveling through my backyard.
After my adrenaline rush subsided, I pondered my response and reaction. In the physical realm, I’m ready to protect my house at all costs. But, I wondered, do I have the same protective instinct when it comes to the spiritual realm?
The psalmist reminded us to protect or guard what is in our hearts and what comes out of our mouths. For we know that what comes out of our mouths originates in the heart. It’s natural to protect ourselves and our loved ones from physical harm, but we must also be vigilant in the spiritual realm. The Evil One is like a lion, crouching and waiting for our moment of weakness. When we let down our guard, that’s when the Evil One attacks.
Guard yourself and your loved ones from evil words today.
Ed Love serves as the executive director of Church Multiplication and Discipleship for The Wesleyan Church and as an adjunct professor at Wesley Seminary (IN). He has been active in ministry for more than twenty years.
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