My beloved King, You have laid out a way to life. Let me follow in the way of wisdom and righteousness.
What is the fruit of honest lips?
Internationally, such gestures as handshakes, arm waves, and foot movements can all be misinterpreted. The only universally recognized positive "body language" is a smile, a "cheerful face." Here is its source--"a happy heart" (13). Whoever has one experiences "a continual feast" (15). Such cheerfulness brings joy and strength to others (30).
Clues to maintaining a "positive mental attitude" are indicated here: the knowledge that everyone's life is an open book to God (3,11); the certainty that he hears our prayers (8,29); a healthy "fear of the Lord" that produces wisdom to know how to handle life's challenges (22-24,33). "Keep calm and carry on," we might say, adding, "Lighten up! God is in control."
Typically, the darker side is also portrayed--heartache and lifelong wretchedness (13,15). Sometimes such misery is self-inflicted: the cardiogram of the fool's heart (7) reveals a resistance to advice (1-9), summoning "stern discipline" (10). However, life is rarely that straightforward. There's always "the dark night of the soul," which may linger long after I have examined my heart, confessing my sin. What then?
Ask God where your lips are bringing health and where they are bringing harm. Take some time to journal and seek God.
Lord, let me speak words that bring healing, life, and knowledge. Let me speak the words that You desire to speak.
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