Every morning when I wake up, I stumble my way to the kitchen to turn on the coffee pot. Behind me is my dog who wonders why we are up so early. As I hear the coffee machine begin to start brewing, I’ll take my dog outside to go potty. Usually when I come back inside the coffee machine is done, and I’ll grab a cup, and head to a small room of my house to read His word.
This morning I came to Psalm 134. Such a small yet powerful psalm, that is only three verses long.
Lift up your hands to the holy place
and bless the Lord!
In this Psalm, I picture a congregation lifting their hands in praise to bless the Lord. Soon I began to think about other ways in our lives that we are able to bless the Lord. One of the ways is how we talk. What we say with our mouths is controlled by a very small yet very powerful muscle.
Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
Our tongues can be used for good, and they can also be used for evil. We can give someone a genuine compliment with it. We can sit down and pray for someone with it. We can sing songs of praise to God for it. We can also say many hurtful things with it. It is capable of both blessing and cursing.
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.
We must then ask ourselves, what is coming out of our mouths? Are the words we speak good? Are we showing other people Jesus through what we say? Is there a mix of good things and bad things?
Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?
In this generation, this can be applied to what we say online. Our social networks are yet another extension of our mouths, a ship that we guide with our tongue. We must gently, with compassion, love, and truth, share Jesus and his love with the world. Before you hit that “Post” button, or “Tweet” button, use this moment with online communication to your advantage.
Think about what you’re about to share, and if it is going to bless or curse?