When the unbelievers heap ridicule and scorn upon us, it is so easy to respond with sarcasm and with other sinful deeds. For that reason the psalmist asks God in Psalm 119:43, 44, “And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments. So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.” This is in harmony with what we read in James 3:2, “If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.” If there is one member of our bodies wherewith we sin, it is our tongue. And it is not only what we say, but often also what we fail to say that is sin.
With our tongues we are ready to defend our own honor, rather than the honor of God. We come with our own words instead of coming, as Jesus did to the devil, with the written word of God. Or we remain silent instead of in¬structing the mocker in the truth of God’s word. We all, therefore, do wisely when we pray these words of our versification:
My hope is in Thy judgment, Lord;
Take not Thy truth from me,
And in Thy law for evermore
My daily walk shall be.
God must hold in our mouths His truth. Even as He must keep our hearts beating after they began months before we were born, so He must keep spiritual life in us by keeping the truth in our hearts and mouths.
If God does this, we will walk in His commandments when we are ridiculed—and presently are persecuted by the world—no matter how severe that mockery may be. We will continue to hope, that is, wait in silence for Him to come in judgment on the evil doers that deride us.
If, then, you are ridiculed, bring God’s law to those who break that law. But be silent as far as trying to get even with them is concerned. Such trying to get even is not waiting for His judgment. And it is ceasing to walk in His law.
Instead of doing that, pray God that He keep His truth in your mouth as well as in your heart.
Read: James 3
Psalter versification: 326:2
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.