I Was Mute With Silence!
“I was mute with silence,I held my peace even from good” (Psalm 39:2).
Here, King David points out a great blessing of being silent. He maintained silence and he refrained from speaking even the good things. At that time, a miracle happened in his life. His heart became hot within him. “My heart was hot within me; while I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue” (Psalm 39:3).
Go through Psalm 39 from the beginning. David makes a resolution there. The first part is not to commit any sin through his tongue. Secondly, to protect his ways, so that satan could not enter into his life through any of his words. Thirdly, satan, the accuser is fully focused on accusing day and night (Revelation 12:10).
Thus he says “I was mute with silence, I held my peace even from good.” Because of this, the heat of the Holy Spirit came into him. With this experience, he began to meditate God and the Scripture. This turned the heat in him into a fire. “My heart was hot within me; while I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue” (Psalm 39:3).
See! What a great blessing! On one side the sin went away and on the other side, the fire came in. Most of the sins come through the eyes. The next one is the word we speak. When the lusts of the eyes arrive, people are caught into evil deeds. Similarly, speaking of unnecessary words paves the way for the sins to creep in.
So, the Scripture says “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise” (Proverbs 10:19). When one speaks too much, the chances of flaws, shortcomings and wrong words to creep in naturally become more. Such people later repent and say, “Alas, without realizing the consequence I speak badly and my conscience pricks me. These unwanted words have spoiled my prayer time. My act would even sadden God.”
The great Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar has written that it is perfect if you have not protected everything but it is imminent for one to protect his tongue. If not, he will have to undergo great suffering arising out of the unwanted talk. In another poem of his, he says that even the wound caused by the fire would heal but the wound created by harsh words would never heal.
Dear children of God, the restriction you apply while speaking to men would enable you to spend more time in speaking to God. You can spend more time in prayer. The Spirit of prayer and the Spirit of supplication will fill you and overflow. You will turn into prayer warriors.
To meditate: “He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord” (Psalm 40:3).