“Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!” (2 Samuel 6:20).TEXT — 2 Samuel 6:12-23
On a windswept hill in an English country churchyard stands a drab, grey slate tombstone. The quaint stone bears an epitaph not easily seen unless you stoop over and look closely. The faint etchings read, “Beneath this stone, a lump of clay, lies Arabella Young, Who on the twenty-fourth of May, began to hold her tongue”.
From the passage, David and all the house of Israel brought the Ark of the covenant to the city of David, Jerusalem. David, the king, leaped and danced before the Lord with all his strength. Michal, his wife was not pleased as she viewed the procession from her window. When David returned to bless his household, Michal derided the king and called his public dancing shameless and vain. David’s reply was a rebuke to his wife, Michal – the dancing was before the Lord who chose him as a replacement for her father. Michal remained childless till her death; for speaking irreverently to her husband.
The consequences of wrong use of our tongues can be both devastating and destructive. Michal’s speech betrayed the thoughts of an uncircumcised heart.
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Physical injuries can heal, but the injury caused by the tongue lingers long. We are not to speak out everything our eyes see, or what our ears hear. Be more ready to hear than to speak. Even a fool, when he holds his tongue is regarded as a wise person (Proverbs 17:28). Hold your tongue and use it wisely to speak words of grace seasoned with salt.
Thought for the day
Control your tongue to stay happy.
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- ZECHARIAH 1 – 5