Sometimes not speaking is way more difficult than just blurting out something we want to say. Restraint is not easy.
King David recognized the challenge: “I said, ‘I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked.’ So, I remained utterly silent, not even saying anything good. But my anguish increased; my heart grew hot within me. While I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: ‘Show me, Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure.’” Psalm 39:1-5
David took his desire to speak to the exact right source. He prayed. He poured out his anguish and the fire growing in him to the Lord.
When we experience frustrations and challenges in our lives, do we simply let our mouths voice it, or do we first pour out our hearts to the Lord?
This psalm is a challenge to me to pray first. Speak later.
Father, today I come to You first and foremost with the situations and challenges going on in a world that doesn’t know You. God, our days are short, may the most important thing be a life filled with knowing You.