4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,
But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
5 A fool despises his father’s instruction,
But he who receives correction is prudent.
6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble.
7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge,
But the heart of the fool does not do so.
In Psalm 1 we are given a picture of the blessed one, who by not walking in the way with the ungodly, by not standing around with sinners and by not sitting with the scorners is compared to a tree of life that brings for his or her fruit in its season, their leave does not wither and everything they do prospers. Here, in verse 4, we are given that analogy again. One who uses their tongue to speak words of wholesome communication is like a tree of life. This is a beautiful picture of strength, deep rooted security against the storms, fruitfulness throughout life’s seasons, and one who provides comfort and security to others.
People like this tree have been tremendous examples to me. I have admired their strength, wanted their security, and hoped to be just as fruitful. This analogy is tied to tangible actions of righteousness and of words spoken that are wholesome and true. In verse 7 we are told that the lips of the wise disperse knowledge. Wisdom that comes out of the mouth begins in the soul where wisdom must dwell. People with foolish hearts cannot speak with wisdom for there is no source within them.
Just as wholesome words are compared to a strong and fruitful tree that give life, so a perverse tongue, one that spews pain, breaks the spirit of life in those who hear it. “Life and death are in the power of the tongue,” and “the tongue no man can tame.” We cannot make ourselves use our tongues wisely but we can let God change our hearts so that our words come from a better source. A foolish person cannot help but to break the spirit of those who hear them. Words from a sinful and foolish heart are going to inflict pain because they come from pain. How can a person without peace speak any words of peace?
“Dear God, change our hearts so that the words we speak will be words of life and strength and hope to all who hear us. Let us be ever aware of what we say that our lips disperse your knowledge and not our own selfishness. May those who know us have a better life because of the words that come from our tongues to their ears.”
We had a wonderful lunch yesterday with a church family. It is always thrilling to us to hear how God works His salvation in people’s lives and then continues His work bringing joy and peace that are uniquely from Him. Stephen and his wife are golf pros teaching golf here in Jakarta. They are around super rich people every day and have come to realize that they have more than their clients do. Every night they go home to their family together with God’s love. Their wealthy clients go home alone or go home to painful relationships. Last Sunday, Stephen brought a client to church. We hope to meet together to point this man to Christ. Pray for Stephen and his wife as they minister God’s grace to successful people who need Jesus.
Have a great day in the Lord