“Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, who whet their tongue like swords, who aim their bitter words like arrows.”
We all know the saying, “The pen is mightier than the sword” and that is very true especially in times of turmoil, but in addition to that, the tongue can also be mightier than a sword that it can also be used in very nasty ways.
This holds especially true in our world today where words can be expressed in so many ways with so many people around the world guaranteed to see it. We hear so many hateful, bitter, and evil words all around us. Whether it is from the TV, internet, newsprint, or airwaves we can’t seem to escape those words.
The worst part is that these words can greatly affect us. The power of words can be very scary as it can send anyone down the spiral path to destruction in just seconds. Many of us can be victims of these hateful words and experience the pain inflicted by the power of words. It can be very damaging to the point that it will be very difficult to get back up.
When we are attacked by hateful words, we either try to hide or fight back with equally bitter words. Truly, the power of words is a very scary thing to have. So, as Christians, how do we approach this?
The Power of Words and the Christian
In Psalm 64, we see someone complain to God of “tongues like swords” and “bitter words like arrows,” but does the complainant hide? Does he strike back with bitter and hateful words too? No, he did neither of the two.
As we continue to read, the psalmist goes on to say “Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in Him” because when he took refuge in God’s arms he knew that the power of words wouldn’t be able to harm him.
When Jesus died for us on the cross, He ignored the insults thrown at Him and even went a step further and forgave those who insulted Him.
“Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do . . .”
These were His famous words of forgiveness and by doing so, He has negated those “tongues like swords” through the sword of the spirit. What is the sword of the spirit? It is the word of God. We can do the same to those who use the power of words against us.
As Christians, when attacked, simply ask God to forgive them and to help us forgive them too. By doing so, we negate these hateful words and keep living life happily.
Rejoice in God’s word while we listen to “Word of God” by Brenton Brown.