These are the last words of David: “The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse, the utterance of them an exalted by the Most High, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, the hero of Israel’s songs: ‘The Spirit of YHWH spoke through me, his word was on my tongue.’” – 2 Samuel 23:1-2
I once knew a man of many words but in the end, he really didn’t have much to say. It was Abraham Lincoln who supposedly said, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” I wish I had remembered that wise counsel from time to time.
King David was a singer and prolific songwriter. We possess much of his work in the form of biblical psalms. David’s writings are some of the most inspirational ever composed, yet I wonder if David ever asked himself, “Did I ever really say anything of consequence?”
David spoke the words of God and his words are preserved in holy Scripture, yet I sometimes ponder a similar question. After every sermon, lesson, conversation, counsel, speech, presentation, or post, I wonder, was God’s Word on my tongue? One thing is for certain, if His Word were not first in my head and heart, it could not possibly make it out my “piehole” or to the page. While I will always wish to be a man of my word, may I first be a man of His.
When you examine the Word of God, the Word of God examines you. – Jack Wellman