Our lips have door. Jesus has taught us to guard our door. In Matthew 12, here is what Jesus has warned about our mouth (and lips): what is outside, that is your words, reflect what is inside. How do words become what they are? Through our thoughts and the emotions generated by our thoughts. Guard our mouth means guard our thoughts. Who put thoughts into our mind? Our own flesh (the old person who loves the world and all the ways of the world), the devil (Jesus calls him the thief, who comes in to steal, kill, and destroy) and the natural consequences of this world. Its culture, social behavior, economic values, philosophies and pattern of lives.
33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
David also knows this well. When he does not guard his mouth, bad things happen. So in this poem he prays the prayer of guarding his door, against all evil. Strange it may seem, talking is like eating. Some bad words can taste like delicacies but they hurt. The enemy comes in through the opening to steal, kill, and destroy.David suffers because of the consequences of his love for the world. So do his children suffer. Remember, words can become traps and snares.
Psalm 141 New International Version (NIV) (boldness added)
A psalm of David.
1 I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me;
hear me when I call to you.
2 May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
3 Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil
so that I take part in wicked deeds
along with those who are evildoers;
do not let me eat their delicacies.
5 Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it,
for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.
6 Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs,
and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.
7 They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth,
so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.”
8 But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord;
in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.
9 Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers,
from the snares they have laid for me.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I pass by in safety.
Here is a good audio teaching on how to watch our tongue from Andrew Wommack:
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