17th February 2017

The Words We Choose 

“But I am like an olive tree growing in God’s house, and I can count on his love forever and ever. I will always thank God for what he has done; I will praise his good name when his people meet.
Psalm 52:8-9 (CEV)

Psalm 52 is a psalm of contrasts, in which those who love evil rather than good are compared to those who would follow God and put their trust in him.

Their lifestyles are explained in terms of the words they use and what they say. For example, those who prefer evil brag about their sinful deeds, tell lies instead of the truth, and say cruel things to other people. Unless they change their ways, David writes, they will be like plants that are uprooted and left to die in the heat of the sun.

When it comes to those who claim to love the Lord, their attitude is described in terms of what happens to them in God’s house. These people, instead of being uprooted plants, are nourished by God like olive trees, which are symbols of peace, beauty and life. It’s enlightening what they talk about when they come into God’s house, which can be compared to when we go to church. David says that he will praise God’s good name when his people meet, and that his will be an attitude of thankfulness.

That the words we use illustrate the choices we make, comes out clearly in the psalm. It’s something on which we can all reflect. Much later Paul also explains the importance of the words we say. They should be gracious, he expounds, and seek to “be pleasant” to others and “hold their interest when you speak” (Colossians 4:6).

Father, let your Spirit lead me, please, to speak kind words to others and not to be cruel in the things that I say. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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