Ever been caught off guard? Yeah, me, too. And it’s in those times that I find myself in the greatest need of a guard. . . .over my mouth. This morning I was reading in Psalms 141 when I came across one of my favorite verses. It says:
“Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3
Although I usually use this blog space and time to spotlight something handy you can do with your tiny tots, today let’s think for a second how we do what we do with them. Control over our tongues is tough, and God knows it. No doubt that’s why He has James address it when he says, “. . . no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 1:8)
I’m pretty darn tootin confident that ole King David, the writer of Psalm 141 knew all too well the danger of the tongue and what could happen if left to its own control. I also believe that David understood guards–big strong, burly guards whose very lives depended on protecting their king. Guards who didn’t let anyone in or out unless they could be trusted. So when David chose the words, “Set a guard over my mouth, keep watch over the door of my lips,” he was talking about some serious levels of protection. The kind of protection we as parents need, especialy on days when we are caught “off guard” by circumstances, situations, fatigue and stress.
This is the kind of guard I want, this is the kind of guard I need. This is the Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men,” “You want me on that wall, you need me on that wall,” kind of protection. Because we all know how easy it is to let things not only slip in through our lips (Oreos, anyone?), but out of them as well. . .
. . . Things our tiny tots do not need to be hearing. Things like: gossip, world events, anger, bitterness, rage, impatience, criticism and bad language. And we need a guard with the power and authority of God standing at the door of our lips to keep those things from coming out. Because our tiny tots are like tiny sponges soaking up everything we do and say.
And just like we need a big burly “The Rock” kind of guard keeping things from slipping out of our mouths, we also need a “Mr. Fred the Crossing Guard” kind of guard ushering out those words of kindness and encouragement to help those little ones safely navigate the crossroads to adulthood.
We build character, security and great memories into our children lives through the things we do with them. Things like the crafts, the outings, family times, etc. But, again, we build even more, and their foundation is strengthened even more when we take caution to not get caught off guard by how we do those things.
So as you go through your day today with your tiny tots, take time to ask God to set a guard over your mouth, keeping those things in that need to stay in and also freely allowing things like praise and kindness, joy and thanksgiving out as you Dueteronomy 6 life with your family today and every day.
You can find this artwork as a free download thanks to Amanda, who offered it at
http://impressyourkids.org/a-gift-and-tool-for-you-31-days-day-10/ and her friend, Jessi, who designed it! Enjoy!