Each day, my prayer is that of King David found in Psalm 141:3: "Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips" (NIV).
Words can be powerful as illustrated in James 3:8: "But no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison" (NIV).
Contemporary music artist Hawk Nelson says it best in his popular song, "Words." A portion of the lyrics are: "They've made me feel like a prisoner, they've made me feel set free; they've made me feel like a criminal, made me feel like a king; they've lifted my heart to places I'd never been; and they've dragged me down, back to where I began.
"Words can build you up, words can break you down, start a fire in your heart or put it out; let my words be life, let my words be truth, I don't wanna say a word, unless it points the world back to You!"
I believe that is what King David's prayer is all about - saying nothing that wouldn't glorify and point people to Jesus.
We link words together to form phrases and sentences that often hurt and bring a spirit of gloom around us.
Across the world there seems to be a spirit of vocal pessimism. With the 24/7 flow of information, one wonders if it will ever stop or slow down. There are some who specialize in tearing down and seeding each conversation with "everything wrong in the world." Pessimism, according to Webster's dictionary, is an "inclination to emphasize adverse aspects, conditions, and possibilities or to expect the worse possible outcome."
Predictions, prophecies and fear have for centuries spelled doom for Christianity. Recently a friend said, "It's over. Christianity will be destroyed." I sensed a deep fear in his voice and encouraged him to read Christ's words in Matthew 16:18: "Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means 'rock'), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of Hell will not conquer it" (NLT).
I have complete confidence in the Words of God. His promises are secure and never fail. Christians need to have a resolute heart, trusting in God and telling the world, "It's not over until He says so."
My heart continues to beat with the passion of telling the world about Christ and providing hope for the hopeless. I do not believe it is my responsibility to sit gloomily in the corner and cry, that the actions of selected groups will cause the church to collapse. Let us be the voice "crying out" to a world who doesn't know Jesus. Let us engage our culture with the conversation about a Savior and his love and forgiveness.