Today’s headlines are full of regret. Newsweek regrets their story about the desecration of the Quran at Gitmo. President Vicente Fox of Mexico regrets his comment about blacks in the USA.
I know how they feel. There have been many times when I, like Newsweek, went ahead with a story (conversation) based on incomplete or unreliable sources. And there have been times when I, like President Fox, have presented my interpretation of situations in less than sensitive language.
How many times have I wanted to grab the words flying out of my mouth and shove them back down my throat? Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
And so I begin my day with prayer about my words.
“Though you probe my heart and examine me at night, though you test me, you will find nothing; I have resolved that my mouth will not sin” (Psalm 17:3).
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
“The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just” (Psalm 37:30).
“I said, ‘I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence’” (Psalm 39:1).
“O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise” (Psalm 51:15).
“My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long” (Psalm 71:8).
“My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure” (Psalm 71:15).
“My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever” (Psalm 145:21).