Response : Total destruction shall overwhelm the lovers of flattery and pride, but meanwhile how they hector and fume! Well did the apostle call them “raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame.” Free thinkers are generally very free talkers, and they are never more at ease than when railing at God’s dominion, and arrogantly giving themselves unbounded license. It is strange that they arrogantly speak against the Lord’s freedom , while they speak honorably about satan and his bondage.
Who is lord over us? and hear not the hollow voice of the evil one, who cries from the infernal lake, “I am your lord, and right faithfully do ye serve me.” May God grant that our soul may not be gathered with them. One generally imagines that flatterers are such mean parasites, so cringing and fawning, that they cannot be proud; but the wise man will tell you that while all pride is truly meanness, there is in the very lowest meanness no small degree of pride. No wonder that the justice of God in cutting off such injurious persons is subject for a psalm, for both earth and heaven are weary of such provoking offenders, whose presence is a very plague to the people afflicted thereby. Men cannot tame the tongues of such boastful flatterers; but the Lord’s remedy if sharp is sure, and is an unanswerable answer to their swelling words of vanity.
It need not now seem strange to tell you that the Lord is the owner of our bodies, that he has so much propriety therein that they are more his than ours. The apostle tells us as much.1 Corinthians 6:20 . “Glorify God in your bodies which are his.” Our bodies, and every member thereof, are his: for if the whole be so, no part is exempted. And therefore they spake proud things, and presumptuously usurped the propriety of God, who said, Our lips are our own; as though their lips had not been his who is Lord and Owner of all, but they had been lords thereof, and might have used them as they please. This provoked God to show what right he had to dispose of such lips and tongues, by cutting them off.
O Lord Prov 18:21a says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” The single most important weapon that I , a believer have at my disposal is my TONGUE! My tongue is my #1 weapon against the devil just as surely as an M-16 rifle is the #1 weapon of a soldier in the army. It is always loaded and it ALWAYS produces results. I cannot turn its power off and on at will. My tongue is ALWAYS working either for me, or against me. What I SAY will ALWAYS have an effect on me and the people I talk about. ALWAYS! This knowledge is not born in me. Most people think that it really makes no difference what they say. The truth is, however, I WILL NEVER RISE ABOVE MY CONFESSION! The apostle James said it like this: James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
Lord please control my tongue and let nothing that proceeds out of my mouth dishonor and bring shame to Your Name. Help me, O Lord for only You can tame my tongue all the time. May love be sown instead of hate and kindness instead of cruelty. May my tongue be the testimony of Your grace and mercy. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.