God has given us two ears, but one tongue,
to show that we should be swift to hear, but slow to speak.
God has set a double fence before the tongue, the teeth and the lips,
to teach us to be wary that we offend not with our tongue.
- Thomas Watson
The very best and highest attainment in this life is to remain still
and let God act and speak in you.
- Meister Eckhart
What is more pleasing than a psalm?
A psalm is a blessing on the lips of the people,
praise of God, the assembly's homage, a general acclamation,
a word that speaks for all, the voice of the Church,
a confession of faith in song.
Thoughts from Proverbs:
"For my mouth will speak truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips" 8:7
"Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, and whoever spreads slander is a fool" 10:18
"Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight" 11:1
"The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them" 11:3
"The truthful lip shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is but for a moment" 12:19
"Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight" 12:22
"Better is the poor who walks in his integrity than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool" 19:1
"'It is good for nothing,' cries the buyer; but when he has gone his way, then he boasts" 20:14
”He that loveth pureness of heart, For the grace of his lips the king will be his friend.” 22:11
"Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding" 23:23
”And when they lead you to judgment, and deliver you up,
be not anxious beforehand what ye shall speak:
but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye;
for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Spirit.
”a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak”
”For wisdom is expressed by the word, and in speaking of your tongue is the day you've learned.”
”The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies;
neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth;
for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid”
God speak to me and give me spiritual wisdom and a good voice
that speaks the truth and dares to come out for You and your son.
I want to talk about Your awesome strength, Your righteousness,
Your generosity and loving indulgence.
Give me elocution
because I do not want to be like the many who make of the Word of God merchandise,
but I want to proclaim your Word in sincerity,
before You face to face, in Christ Jesus.
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