Refined Words

By: Danny Chua
Psalm 12 (NIV) For the director of music. According to sheminith . A psalm of David.

1 Help, LORD, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men.

2 Everyone lies to his neighbor;
their flattering lips speak with deception.

3 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips
and every boastful tongue

4 that says, “We will triumph with our tongues;
we own our lips —who is our master?”

5 “Because of the oppression of the weak
and the groaning of the needy,
I will now arise,” says the LORD.
“I will protect them from those who malign them.”

6 And the words of the LORD are flawless,
like silver refined in a furnace of clay,
purified seven times.

7 O LORD, you will keep us safe
and protect us from such people forever.

8 The wicked freely strut about
when what is vile is honored among men.

This is what I shared with my fellow Christian platoon mates in camp, “Most of us here have held appointments before and led our platoon in some way or another. And it has always been a struggle for me to lead with gracious words from gracious leads, with a gracious heart. May this Psalm, short and simple as it is, aid us in speaking words that bless and not curse, and remind us that we are made in His image, and shall speak words that are refined and flawless as His. 🙂 “

I’ve grown to learn how much damage the tongue can cause (The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. – James 3:6), and its not just something our society associates as a ‘girl &
gossip’ thing; guys struggle with it too, and in the army, it happens all the time. Yes, gossip and slander, about anyone, all the time!
I find it practical to remember that God will judge us and hold us accountable for every word we say. Sometimes, we are so nonchalant and reckless about what we say, heck, even among our Christian brothers and sisters in church. We speak with such carelessness and project such an unChrist-like  image to our friends and even our fellow believers! May we really pray and pray that our words be as refined as our Lord’s, because we have a chance to impact souls with every word we say! 🙂
“May people believe in Your reign of goodness because of how I live today.”
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