In the book of James it says,
With our tongues we praise our Lord and our Father,
And then we turn around and we curse man – our co-workers, the members of our family, our friends – those who have been made in the very likeness of God himself. James says that out of the same mouth comes both praise and cursing.
He goes on to say that if we consider ourselves religious (we pray, we worship, if we give our time and our money) and yet don’t keep a tight rein on our tongues, we are deceiving only ourselves. We’re talking the talk but our walk is worthless.
St. Francis of Assisi once said,
“Preach the gospel.
Use words if you need to.”
Lord, may we do as David did in the Psalms –
May our lips overflow with praise, as we allow You to teach us Your truths…
May we tell of Your wonders and be glad and rejoice in You – May we sing praises to Your name and allow You to show us Your ways and teach us Your paths,
For it is in You alone that we have hope…
May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer.
(Ps. 19:14) (Ps. 119:172) (Ps. 25:4)