Take control of what I say, O LORD, and guard my lips.
(Psalm 141:3 NLT)
What a wise plea! It’s amazing how the tongue, a small part of the body, is what gets us in big trouble. I’m reminded of the Apostle James’ description of the tongue; he nailed it on the head. That’s why I like to draw on his words on this subject. Read what he has to say about the tongue:
Our tongues are small too, and yet they brag about big things. It takes only a spark to start a forest fire! The tongue is like a spark. It is an evil power that dirties the rest of the body and sets a person’s entire life on fire with flames that come from hell itself. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and sea creatures can be tamed and have been tamed. But our tongues get out of control. They are restless and evil, and always spreading deadly poison. My dear friends, with our tongues we speak both praises and curses. We praise our Lord and Father, and we curse people who were created to be like God, and this isn’t right. (James 3:5-10 CEV)
Do you see now why it’s important to pray that God would guard our mouth and keep watch over the door of our lips?
If we ask Him, God can help us control our mouth.