7 All my enemies whisper together against me;
they imagine the worst for me, saying,
8 “A vile disease has afflicted him;
he will never get up from the place where he lies.” Psalm 41:7-8
If we’re honest, we would admit that we’ve been the victims of vicious gossip, and we’ve actually participated in it.
David is replaying one such rumor that he might have had to deal with. It’s next to impossible to explain away something that never happened after the rumor is out that something did happen. Even if you spend time convincing people that it didn’t happen, there is still a seed of doubt in the minds of the hearers. It serves as a reminder that words do mean things and can have lasting impact on other areas of our lives.
Pray that the Lord would help put a guard on your tongue to prevent us from slandering another person.