What can tame my tongue? I do not mean to be critical or domineering or downright mean … but somehow my words bypass my brain and end up spewing from my mouth before I can stop them. Why?
Dear Lord, I have worked on this problem of mine forever it seems. It is a flaw, a wort, a blemish, a defect in me that I can’t cure on my own. I have grieved over this malady of mine and written to You about it and yet it continues. I have prayed, agonized, and beat myself up over my lack of self-control. Why do I continue this unproductive behavior? Why?
I am asking from a weary mind, body, and soul for a healing. I am praying that I can get out of Your way, Dear Lord, so that You can do what I am incapable of doing on my own. I need direction, I need self-discipline, oh my, here I am telling You what I need. Obviously I don’t know, or else I would have corrected this problem years ago. This is something I will try to Let Go of and trust that You, Dear Lord, are INFINITELY able to handle. That’s it … help me … take this defect from me … as You can do in the most PERFECT way. I love You, Dear Lord. You know I do. Father, forgive me … I do know what I do … I just don’t want to do what I’ve been doing anymore.
Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.
1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Romans 5:3-4 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Phillipians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these thing.
O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Text: Charles Wesley
Music: Carl G. Glaser; arr. by Lowell Mason
1. O for a thousand tongues to sing
my great Redeemer’s praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of His grace!
2. My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim,
to spread through all the earth abroad
the honors of Thy name.
3. Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
that bids our sorrows cease;
’tis music in the sinner’s ears,
’tis life, and health, and peace.
4. He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean;
His blood availed for me.
5. He speaks, and listening to His voice,
new life the dead receive;
the mournful, broken hearts rejoice,
the humble poor believe.
6. Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,
your loosened tongues employ;
ye blind, behold your savior come,
and leap, ye lame, for joy.
7. In Christ, your head, you then shall know,
shall feel your sins forgiven;
anticipate your heaven below,
and own that love is heaven.