Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.
Psalm 141:3 (NKJV)
Setting a Guard
This past May, Facebook introduced new restrictions on the use of its live-streaming technology in hopes of curbing violence and hate speech. This was in response to a deadly terrorist attack in New Zealand that was broadcast live on the social media giant’s platform. The changes come a day before global leaders met in Paris to press tech giants to stop the spread of violent ideologies online. The social media firm said it was also funding US$7.5-million in research partnerships at three American universities to study ways to improve the technology that analyzes photos and videos.
In this day of social media it is easy to get into trouble for something you post or something you say. We have all said things that we have regretted. Things said in the heat of a discussion or argument. Things that we wish we could retract. King David must have had this problem, because in Psalm 141:3 he prays: “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips.” What a great prayer. One we all need to pray, and some of us who are talkers even more so. The wise person measures his speech, thinking through what he says before he speaks. As my Grade 7 teacher used to say, “put your mind in gear before you put your mouth in motion.” Our words have power to hurt or to heal, to build up or to tear down, to do good or evil. Ask the Lord to put a guard over your mouth to give you time to think through what you are going to say before the words come tumbling out of your mouth.
These have been words from the heart.