CONTROLLING OUR TONGUE
Psalm 36:28 My tongue will speak of your righteousness and of your praises all day long.
Someone has said that no Christian should sing the Charles Wesley hymn titled: O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing, until he has learned to properly use the one that God has given him. All of our senses were given to us to be used for the glory of God.
James presents another thought when he cautions in saying: “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.” (James 3:9) Our tongues are capable of producing snide and bitter remarks, sharp criticism, gossip, harsh words and untruths. God is not looking for one person to whom He can give a thousand tongues, but rather for a thousand people, each with a dedicated tongue and a willing heart to offer praise to Christ.
We will never stand before God to be judged for not having had a thousand tongues, but we will have to give account for the way we used the one we have.
Devotional Thoughts From The Hymn Book, By Ruth I. Johnson, pg. 32-33.