I open my lips to speak what is right. My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.

No, those are not my words. I wish they were. I wish that I could so boldly and confidently state that all the words of my mouth are just. But I know differently. I know that I lie to make myself look better. I point out other people mistakes so that I don’t take the heat. I yell when I get really mad and feel helpless. How about you? Can you stand confidently and state that all the words of your mouth are just?

These are the words of Wisdom. God’s wisdom in action. This is to be our goal, that nothing crooked or perverse would ever escape our lips, that all our words would be true, that we wouldn’t in any way say something wicked. Imagine if Christians lived this way. If all those that call on the name of Jesus could control their tongues. What a contrast we would create between the light and the dark.

What keeps us from living this way? When I live out of my broken, sinful nature I fall short. When I focus on my hurts and fears and pain I struggle to control my words. But when I am firmly rooted in who I am in Christ, when I am standing on the Rock of my salvation, when my focus is on God then my words build up, my words encourage others, my words bring grace and mercy and love.

What keeps you from speaking what is right and true? How can you move closer to the goal of being able to say that all your words are right and true and just?

Go ahead and be willing to stand in stark contrast to the world around you. You are called to be different. You are called to a higher standard with your words. “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Ps. 19:14.