God. We continue with the exposition of Psalms 139 covering today verses 3 and 4. These are very powerful verses which deal with our words and the condition of the heart.
“Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.” Psalms 139:3
God knows the extent and nature of the path we take. He has sifted through our trails and ways and has seen every stumbling block, every pot hole and every foot step we make or follow. He observes all routes we choose whether it flirts with the cliff’s edge or it’s a stroll through a grassy flat. He knows.
“Compassing my path” isn’t encircling my path for our Lord allows us free range. But He sifts and examines our avenues and knows not only the path we take but why we have chosen it.
“Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?” Job 31:4
“For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.” Proverbs 5:21
“For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.” Psalms 139:4
“But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” James 3:8
“Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3
God knows the word itself, the thought behind the word and the motivation of both before we ever speak it. Man thinks in terms of the end result, the voiced word. God looks at the heart, the very seat of the spirit and soul. Heart and spirit are the origins of our being which perpetuates our thought and ways. God knows that what forms in the mouth was first seeded in the heart. Our communications are an outgrowth from our spirit.
The Apostle Paul the Ephesians to “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,” so as not to grieve the Holy Spirit. To do this we are to, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice”.
These sins originate in the heart. They are released in the mouth via the tongue. Clean the heart and we clean the tongue.
If there was one lesson to be learned from Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount it is this; words originate from something. Whether our words are fruits of the spirit or works of the flesh, words have either a divine or devilish origin.
Jesus applied this to the law. “Thou shalt not kill” is the word and yes it is a sin to murder. But what was the motivation and origin of the act? It was anger. The seat and seed of the sin of murder was anger in the heart.
What is in the heart motivates our words and creates actions. Both words and actions are like a pinball being bumped around the playing field by the condition of our heart.
God knows every word on our tongue because he has compassed our heart completely. He has sifted and sorted it and knows our heart inside and out. The Psalmist cried unto God to set a watch on his mouth. But he was also wise enough to pray unto God, “Incline not my heart to any evil thing”.
Our words are the fruit of the tree that our heart bears.
“While the tongue is the index of thought to man, being the great medium of communication, God, who knows the heart, is independent of words.” John Calvin
“By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” Hebrews 13:15
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