Words of Wisdom
Written by, Pastor Netta Collins
“The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice. The Law of his God is in his heart; His steps do not slip.”
There are so many words being spoken across the world right now. Spoken words are, for most, the easiest form of communication and this is perhaps why there is so much written in the Bible about applying a careful measure to our speech.
Psalm 37 draws our attention to the link between a heart seeking righteousness and speech containing wisdom. The righteous in David’s day were those who sought to worship God and follow his laws. We are made righteous today through our covenantal relationship with Jesus Christ. Both then and now, the fruit should be the same, speech that brings life over death. Proverbs reminds us that death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov 18:21).
It is easy to partner with words that we hear on the news, read in the media and absorb from those around us. We are told that our enemy’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). David, however, counters the enemy by placing us in a position of seeking God first, allowing His influence to frame our dialogue. In a season when the world media is speaking words of death over entire populations, we have the opportunity to bring a godly counter and speak wisdom and justice.
The way to achieving this is not through our own strength, but rather through our relationship with God. Psalm 37 also states “Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart” (Verse 4).
Delighting yourself in God is all about your relationship with Him. The more time we spend with God, the more we align ourselves with who He is. His thoughts begin to become our thoughts, His ways become our ways, the desires of our heart are motivated by what God’s best is for us. When we press into God, speaking His words of wisdom over others, we are literally breathing life into the world.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete,
thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17