Guard Me From Saying Words, That Later Need Recalling



Some days I think that the Rev. chooses hymns that I need to sing. Ok, that is pretty self centered of me…but often a Sunday Morning hymn will stab me in the heart and remind me what a sinner I am.

The sermon hymn yesterday was “O God, My Faithful God”. The second verse is as follows:
Keep me from saying words, that later need recalling;
Guard me lest idle speech, May from my lips be falling;
But when within my place, I must and ought to speak,
Then to my words give grace, Lest I offend the weak.
Ouch! I am the queen of idle speech. Most of it is in my mind, but it is idle nonetheless. And it is most difficult for me to speak within my place. It is much easier for me to speak of others than to others.
The next verse lets me know how I might be able to avoid such idle speech:
Lord let me win my foes, With kindly words and actions,
And let me find good friends, for counsel and correction.
Help me as you have taught, to love both great and small
And by your Spirit’s might, To live at peace with all.
So, I need to remember to pray for the strength to choose my words wisely and for friends that will remind me when I go astray.
I am thankful for rich Lutheran hymnody which not only can show me my sin, but can also point me to the cross, from where my hope rests.
I just don’t think that there is an “uplifting” praise song that can have the same power. A good hymn is like a “little sermon”, and since I respond so strongly to music, the hymns stick with me even longer than a good sermon…my apologies to the Rev.!
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Written by Dakotapam
I'm a Lutheran pastor's wife and mom to six kids, including young adult sons down to 8-year old twin daughters. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!