S (Scripture): Psalm 64
Listen to me when I complain, God!
Protect my life from the enemy’s terror!
Hide me from the secret plots of wicked people;
hide me from the schemes of evildoers
who sharpen their tongues like swords.
They aim their arrow—a cruel word—
from their hiding places
so as to shoot an innocent person.
They shoot without warning and without fear.
They encourage themselves with evil words.
They plan on laying traps in secret.
O (Observation): The psalmist prays for God’s protection, giving great detail as to how the enemy is preparing for an attack: their tongues will be like swords, cruel words will be their weapons!
The psalmist trusts in God to tangle up the enemy, to ruin the plans of the enemy.
Maybe that is comfort enough.
A (Application): Sticks and stones, right? Our parents always said this…and yet what wars are we in? Word wars!
News cycles consistently quote our nation’s leaders, and on social media we tear one another apart over the words we use to explain ourselves and our positions.
Yet, in the end, the most important issue is relationships. Relationships with friends and those with whom we disagree is the birthplace of peace.
We pray that God would guide our words so that we might establish a constructive path forward towards peace, towards truth-telling, towards forgiveness and reconciliation.
P (Prayer): Lord, guise my words this day into the way of peace. Amen.