Psalm 141:3-4 NIV 2011
Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.
David was aware of the evil that surrounded him and went to the Lord in prayer. Psalm 141:1, “I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me.” He like James knew the tongue’s tendency would reveal a heart attitude. James 3:8, “But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” Deceit was rampant in his day and most men of God lived with the same worldly deceit. Joshua 24:24, “‘Now then,’ said Joshua, ‘throw away the foreign gods.’” God knows the heart. Hearts focused on the Father assure constant communion with Him.
One take away from a “Coping with Cancer” class, we couldn’t continually stuff our feelings/emotions and put a lid on them. At some point the pot would boil over and harsh words would spill out. Like David, I need to learn to guard my mouth and not consume evil. That takes a daily commitment to spend time in His Word and pray. I’ve discovered He doesn’t care when that takes place but that I just do it. My heart focused on Him helps maintain constant communion with Him.
How does constant communion with God help believers?