Fall Creek Friends
11345 Karnes Rd.
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133

Pastor's Pen

Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.  Incline not mine
heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me
not eat of their dainties. - Psalm 141: 3- 4

       I found a quote about people that said “If you can’t be big, don’t belittle.”  The
idea has to do with what we choose to say about people.  Whenever we open our
mouths we should give thought before we speak.  I have always had opinions about
things and people and have not been shy about sharing them.  What I have come to
realize is that not every situation that happens requires me to share my views.  Often I
have found that what I was sharing was not positive but came across negative and not
necessarily helpful.  Was it possible that as I am entering my sixth decade of life that I
was falling into what some would call “being cranky”?  I realize that many things have
changed in the world and not all of them are bad.  The question is what category does
change fall in?  Is it a moral issue that is simply right or wrong or does it fall into the
category of preferences?  David writes this 141st Psalm and makes two requests that
are found in verses three and four.  In verse three he is concerned about his
conversation and in verse four he is worried about his conduct.  In the believers life it is
good to remind ourselves that we always have help in living the Christian life.  David
requests that the Lord set a watch over his mouth. The Hebrew word means someone
who is a guard like a bodyguard or a soldier.  David is asking the Lord to guard his
mouth so that what comes out is pleasing to the Lord.  In verse 4 David realizes that we
live in a fallen world and there is always the danger of desiring evil things in his heart
and also wanting to be with those who are not walking with God.  Evil does not always
appear to be so that is why the bible warns of the deceitfulness of sin.  Even though we
have been saved from the power of sin and the penalty of sin we still must deal with the
presence of sin.  Are not we to be thankful that the God we serve will always be there
with us if yield to him to keep us and help us to live for Him each and every moment of
our lives?  All we have to do is ask.

H. Scott Latimer