What’s On Your Tongue These Days?

28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness,
    your praises all day long. Psalm 35:28

Have you ever said something under pressure or in anger only seconds later to regret it? Something inside us stores up and at the least convenient times comes out! As the Bible says in Matthews 15:18 “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.” What’s in your heart will come out sooner or later.

So, the question is, what are you filling your heart with?

What are you listening to going to and from work?

What are you immersing your mind in?

When’s the last time you memorized a verse of Scripture?

And here’s one we all need to ask, when’s the last time you sat and talked with someone older and wiser than you?

I am reminded of my middle school wrestling coach after only one of our eleven wrestlers won his match that night. He watched us as we chowed down on subs and sandwiches, then commented, “Look at yourselves. You eat junk; you look like junk.” The same is clearly true with what goes into our minds and hearts each day. If you feed your mind junk, you’ll spew out junk.

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He Delights in Your Well-Being

26 May all who gloat over my distress
    be put to shame and confusion;
may all who exalt themselves over me
    be clothed with shame and disgrace.
27 May those who delight in my vindication
    shout for joy and gladness;
may they always say, “The Lord be exalted,
    who delights in the well-being of his servant.” Psalm 35:26-27

As mentioned in the previous devotional, you are only responsible for your own actions and not those of your enemies. You really cannot control what others say or do. If you could, then this place would be far messier than it is now because someone could possibly control what you do or say. So what you think about what others say or do is critical because as we are insulted and abused, we can easily internalize and believe what is said about us. That is disastrous to our self-esteem. The only person we should ultimately care about what He thinks about us is God. And verse 27 sums that up: he delights in your well-being.

It’s tough to let insults and abuse roll off our backs, but for our own sanity, we need to give it over to God. The more you think about it and dwell on it, the more difficult it is to throw His way. But, He delights in your well-being. He wants you to maintain your dignity and honor. He has your best interest at heart.

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Let Them Gloat!

22 Lord, you have seen this; do not be silent.
    Do not be far from me, Lord.
23 Awake, and rise to my defense!
    Contend for me, my God and Lord.
24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God;
    do not let them gloat over me.
25 Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!”
    or say, “We have swallowed him up.” Psalm 35:22-25

  • So what if your enemies gloat over your faith.
  • So what if your foes mock and ridicule you.
  • So what if your adversaries misuse and abuse your good name.
  • So what if it seems like the entire world is coming against you.

Just be thankful it is they who are mistreating you, and not the other way around.

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Growing Thicker Skin

19 Do not let those gloat over me
    who are my enemies without cause;
do not let those who hate me without reason
    maliciously wink the eye.
20 They do not speak peaceably,
    but devise false accusations
    against those who live quietly in the land.
21 They sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha!
    With our own eyes we have seen it.” Psalm 35:19-21

There will always be mockers and scoffers in your midst, some more vocal than others. What we do with what they say is perhaps more important than what they say. So, how does one “grow” thick skin?

  1. First, it’s important to recognize that some people no matter how hard you try just will not get along with you. Accepting that reality is difficult but necessary.
  2. Secondly, who cares if they mock you? Seriously. Does that person really matter at all to you? Probably not, but we “let them get under” our skin.
  3. Thirdly, even though we have said “sticks and stones may break my bones” as children, it doesn’t mean that insults and mockery doesn’t sting. It does.
  4. Fourthly, don’t take it personally. Again, going back to point number two, who cares what that person has to say? It’s not you who has the problem. It’s the person mocking who has the issues.
  5. Lastly, give the abuse and mockery over to God. Yes, it hurts and stings and lingers, but ultimately it’s God who will be the judge. The sooner we get to this point, the easier it will be for us to “let go” of the mockery.
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In the Public Square

18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;
    among the throngs I will praise you. Psalm 35:18

It’s a wonderful and rare thing to see Christians in a public setting praise God. It wasn’t always a rare event as David alludes to in these verses. It has come to the point where politicians aren’t permitted to say anything publicly for fear of offending a select few. Still, though, there are many who buck the system. They realize where their hope and grace for daily living comes from. There are Christians in the political arena and we need to support them at they support legislation that honors God. Whenever you hear of them, pray for them right then and there.

As the saying goes: “we need the practice and they need the prayer.”

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