Devotional: Tame Your Tongue


This week our pastor started a new series entitled “The Heart of Worship.”  As I sat down at in our “usual” seat (you know what I am talking about – that “unassigned” assigned seat that no one should ever dare sit in, and if they do then they must be visiting for the first time), the series title caught my attention. I instantly starting singing in my head the chorus to the song by Michael W. Smith entitled, “The Heart of Worship,” the same as our sermon series.

I love the lyrics of that song, and in particular the chorus:

I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
It’s all about You, Jesus

So about now you may be wondering why the title of this devotion is “Tame your Tongue,” when we are focused on the heart of worship, right?  Well, I was pretty surprised when our Pastor started his series talking about gossip, but then made this statement, “there are too many small conversations about big things.” Wow! That statement has stuck with me the past few days and has caused me to really think about my role in worship.  Not my role in my personal worship, but my role as a Christian brother in Christ in group worship.

As humans, we keep our worship in a box and only let it out through song or praise. But to God, our worship should be in everything we do.  Colossians 3:23 reminds us that “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”

So back to the statement my pastor made, “there are too many small conversations about big things.” Think about that for a moment.  The majority of you reading this have probably witnessed, or if we are honest with ourselves, been a part of those “small conversations” my pastor was talking about.  Whether it is “small conversations” about the style of music on Sunday, the person leading small group, or the color of the carpet, does it bring glory to God?  Is it acceptable for our worship to our heavenly Father?

It is human nature for us to gossip to feel accepted, to feel powerful or gain control? Perhaps out of jealousy, the quest for revenge? None of the aforementioned are acceptable acts of worship to our God.  We are told in James 1:26 that “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.”  We should pray that God gives us the wisdom and power to “let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” Ephesians 4:29.

So as the second part to the chorus says:

I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
It’s all about You, Jesus

Do the “small conversations” you take part in encourage, or stifle “The Heart of Worship?”

– Jim

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