Vs. 172 — My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness.

William Cowper:

One duty of thankfulness promised by David is, to speak of God’s words for the edification of others. Every Christian man, as he is a priest to offer sacrifice unto God, so is he a prophet to teach his brethren; for unto us all stands that commandment, “Edify one another in their most holy faith.” But, alas, ye shall see many Christians now, who at their tables, and in their companies, can speak freely upon any subject; only for spiritual matters, which concern the soul, there they are dumb, and cannot say with David, “My tongue shall speak of thy word.” (Spurgeon, C. H. (2009). The treasury of David: Psalms 111-119 (Vol. 5, p. 438). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)


My tongue shall speak of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteousness. Give us–I speak for all saints in Christ Jesus, understanding in the ways and of things of Thy kingdom. And with understanding give us courage to speak, that is, to share with the brethren in the household of God and also with those who are without. Help us to speak void of  arrogance and self-righteousness; but let our words be with patience and seasoned as it were with salt. Help us to always speak with a consciousness of the grace and mercy that You have spoken to us. Also let our words be clear and concise, not mixed or double-minded with various opinions and directions. Temper our heart’s attitude, motive, and tongue. As we share Your ways with others, flood our hearts with fresh compassion for them and their situation. Remind us of our own frailness and failures that we may speak with humility and gentleness. Yet, when fools mock You and Your word, give us wisdom when and what to speak and when to let the fool wallow in his futility. I pray this way because of our whole dependence upon Thy Spirit. Amen.

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