Guard – Devotion 139

I didn’t realize I needed a guard.  I am not famous.  I don’t have a lot.  I am not in high demand.  Why would I need a guard?  I don’t need the type of guard you may be thinking.  I need the type of guard that Psalmist prayed to receive.  I need a particular type of guard that would make me more like Christ.  I need the type of guard that would help me to be kind and loving and thoughtful.  What type of guard is it?  The Psalmist asked God, “Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”  That I could definitely use.

I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to think before I speak.  That is why I prefer to write.  It helps me to filter my thoughts, hopefully with some love and compassion added in.  I am able to consider what God has for me to say rather than just what I am thinking.  That’s an important component – what God would have me to say.  Can you imagine a guard over our mouths and God keeping watch of the door of our lips?  As I get ready to speak, I can imagine losing my voice.  I can just imagine not being able to make a full sentence.  I would definitely say a lot less!  There could be some definite advantages.

Maybe a guard is just what we need.  But we need a guard over our keyboard and phone as well.  We need a guard over our thoughts.  We need a guard to keep us from posting hateful things or speaking malice.  We need a guard to filter the things we think are so important but are really just judgmental.  We need a guard to slap our hands or shut our mouths before we spew anything that is not pleasing to God.  I could use a guard.  Maybe I listen to God today – he may already have set that guard if I would just listen.  Set the guard, Lord…Set the guard.

Focus Scripture: 

Psalm 141:1-3

I call upon you, O Lord; come quickly to me;
    give ear to my voice when I call to you.
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
    and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.

Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord;
    keep watch over the door of my lips.

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