Set A Watch Before Our Mouth

Set a watch before my mouth, O Lord, and guard the door of my lips. — Psalms 141:3

Followers of the Pew know what a big fan I am of silence.
God speaks to us in silence, and when we are talking we often miss his message.
Yet, there are times we must speak — an injustice gone unnoticed, to comfort a friend, or to teach a child, etc.
And yes, there are times we must remain silent — when our words cause needless harm, will my voice silence another whose words are important, etc.
I sense the psalmist is asking God to “set a watch.” (Which is interesting since I don’t think they had watches back when King David was alive. But biblical scholars probably have a good explanation.)
Yes, “Set a watch” (a timer so to speak) that requires us to pause and consider whether silence or speaking is the right action.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. He is also a contributor to The Clyde Fitch Report.

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