January 13, 2018

Psalms 12:3-5…May the Lord curt off flattering lips, the tongue that makes great boasts, Those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail, our lips are with us, who is master over us?

“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord, “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”

            Here we read the contrast between pride and humility. God gives grace to the humble but resists the proud. The proud are reduced to ‘words’. “With our tongue, we will prevail.” The humble are defined by issues of life, “poor and plundered.” You are not poor because you say you are; you are poor because you are. Likewise, you are not great because you say you are. We have probably all known someone who bragged about their accomplishments. They are hard to be around and hard to have a decent conversation with. God knows; He cuts them off. But, for the poor and plundered, He says, “I will now arise.”

            Our words can, and ought to, please the lord. But, they don’t impress Him. Avoid thinking that you are trying to impress Him… or anyone for that matter. Maybe that will help us. Seek to please with your words and not to impress. If I seek to impress someone, my words are to get them to think about me. If I seek to please someone, my words are about them. This is a strange writing; I did not intend to go here. That happens often, but, today, the direction is so specific, I am surprised by it.

            Do you use words to magnify yourself in another’s eyes? Do you use words to magnify someone else? Our lips are to magnify the Lord. Our words do the same.  We don’t magnify the Lord for 1 hour on Sunday mornings and then magnify ourselves the other 167 hours in the week. Even if your ratio is not that extreme, any ratio is not safe. We are to magnify the Lord at all times; His praise is to be continually in our mouths. Avoid the pitfall of pride. Avoid the slippery slope of talking about yourself. You will slide into self-adulation. And you will not be thinking about magnifying God or encouraging someone else. Be the conversationalist that you want everyone else to be. As usual, I am writing to me and anyone else who is challenged by these words. I am not judging.