Written by Stacey Weeks
My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.” Psalm 45:1
A computer feature that I have come to appreciate is the voice-to-text shortcut. It is very easy for me to click a few buttons, start speaking, and see the words magically appear on the screen. I love this. My tongue is my pen. Scripture has a lot to say about the tongue, mentioning it over 71 times. Scripture also addresses the words we speak or write more than 50 times. Below are few of these passages.
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” Psalm 141:3
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” Proverbs 21:23
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. James 1:26
Clearly, God has a lot to say to teachers, writers, and leaders about the words stirring in our hearts and spilling onto the page or out of our mouths. As a woman in leadership, I encourage you to take the time to pray through the verses above, asking the Lord to set a guard over your words to keep you from trouble. Resolve to write or speak no “corrupting words.” Resolve to “build up your readers and listeners.” Consider the weighty warning for those who do not “bridle their words.” Ask the Lord to expose your heart so you do not deceive yourself.
Psalm 45 is a love song written for a royal wedding and addresses a king.* The author is overwhelmed with a “pleasing theme” that stirs his heart (v1). The Contemporary English Version says it like this, “My thoughts are filled with beautiful words for the king, and I will use my voice as a writer would use pen and ink.”
As you read this love song, does your heart overflow with the privilege of addressing God as your King? Is your tongue the pen of a ready scribe that declares He is your beautiful Savior?
Our King is splendor, majesty, truth, meekness, and righteousness personified. Awesome are His deeds. This points us to Christ (Hebrews 1:8-9). His throne is forever and ever. The scepter of His kingdom is a scepter of uprightness. He loves righteousness and hates wickedness.
“Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear” (Psalm 45:10). Bow low before God. His arrows of judgment against our sins are valid. Do they pierce your heart? There is a grace that covers all our shame. Only Christ can present us to the Father with joy and gladness. Only Christ clothes us in His righteousness. Only Christ can enable us to fulfill our callings in such a way that our tongues are like the pen of a ready scribe, eager to praise His name.
*1 Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 992). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles
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