The Importance of our Speech

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple… Then said I, Woe is me!  for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

Isaiah 6:1,5 

Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

Psalm 141:3

Isaiah chapter six was the subject of a sermon at church the other day.  One of the things that struck me was the importance he placed on his lips (his speech) immediately after seeing the Lord.  Isaiah had just seen the Lord “high and lifted up.”  He got a tremendous view of the glory and majesty of the Lord.  Immediately afterward, his first words are “Woe is me!”  Next, he says that he is unclean and undone.  The specific he gives for this is that he is a “man of unclean lips.”  He also says that he lives among a people of “unclean lips.”

Of all of the reactions to seeing the Lord, this one was surprising to me.  Of all the areas in which he could have thought about being unclean, he singled out the area of speech.  That just goes to show how important our speech really is.

Psalm 141:3 gives us a great prayer in this area: “Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.”  Think of how much improvement our lives would see if this were true of us.  Think of what a difference it would make if the Lord Himself kept our lips.  Think of the help we could be to others if we allowed the Lord to control every word we spoke.  It would be life changing.

Often, we might neglect our speech and our words.  But, like Isaiah, when we see the Lord, we will realize the importance of our words and our speech.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Wow! I never thought of this before, but it’s true. If ALL the things Isaiah could repented of, it was his speech! God used Psalm 141:3 to convict me of some speech problems I had while in Bible college. You’re thoughts on Isaiah just reaffirm what God taught me back then! Thanks for bringing this out today :).


    • That’s what struck me- of all the things, it was his speech. And he was a great prophet, so I’m sure his speech was probably quite a bit better than mine! And it’s nice to have something reaffirmed once in a while!


  2. Thank you, Ben, for helping us to consider what we say, before Him. Our words are more important than we know! God bless you as you share His word with us!


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