Psalm 12:6 - And the words of the Lord are flawless
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Most people don’t like to hear the sound of their own voice through a recording. We hear our own voice daily through our own head and it sounds one way, that we are accustomed to, but it sounds almost completely different coming through the speakers of a recording. I remember hearing one of my first sermons on an old cassette recording. I didn’t like the way I sounded at all. I had way too much of an accent and the tone of my voice was way higher than I thought it should be. But that was me. That’s the way I sound.
Most people also probably wouldn’t like to hear the sound of the words they have misspoken. It would be very difficult to hear the words that we have spoken out of anger and bitterness, out of frivolity or foolishness. Just as we find we sound different than we think, we probably speak words differently than we think. I admit, I would probably be surprised at the amount of foolishness that cross my lips on a daily basis.
David gives a staunch reminder of the foolishness of men and the perfection of God concerning words. David prays that the Lord would cut off flattering lips and boastful tongues. Especially the tongues that boast of unwarranted and undeserved success and victory. The Lord, on the other hand, speaks words of perfection and flawlessness, like silver refined in a furnace.
May the tone of our voice and the reality of our words remind us of the perfection of God’s words. May we distance ourselves from flattery and boasting. May we learn to silence the babbling of our own lips and draw near to the perfection of God’s Words.